How Medical Computers Are Effecting Patients

How Medical Computers Are Effecting Patients

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Healthcare facilities such as hospitals and clinics are increasingly reliant on technology. Technology in hospitals ranges from improved use of laparoscopic, minimally invasive procedures by surgeons to the use of mobile tracking and monitoring health devices by patients.

Medical Computers are another area of technology that is becoming more commonplace in hospitals. You may already know some of their benefits, such as their ability to store, access, and share patient data. Medical computers are specially designed for healthcare settings, making them more convenient for healthcare providers to use.

Medical Computers are specifically designed for healthcare environments. To safeguard clinicians and for patient safety, a medical PC must be UL/IEC60601-1 certified to be considered medical grade. IEC 60601-1 Certification is granted when a medical electrical device undergoes testing for safety and performance compliance. Certification helps to guarantee reliability and ensure the medical device won't cause harm to staff or patients. 60601-1 certified medical grade PCs offered by Tangent have passed rigorous standards to obtain this certification.

Medical Computers can have a positive impact on patients for many reasons, including the following:

• Patient wait time is reduced

Medical computers can reduce patient wait time is because of the increased accessibility of doctors, particularly specialists. Rather than wait months for a specialist to be available for an in-person appointment, primary care doctors may be able to hop on a conference call with a specialist, with or without the patient present, in a matter of days or even hours.

• Patients suffer from fewer mistakes

When the medical team makes errors, patients suffer. Paper patient records are a recipe for disaster, while the use of medical computers can help prevent costly and dangerous mistakes. Maintaining electronic health records allows all patient data to be stored, so medical history is not lost and information from different providers is visible in a single record. Medical computers can run programs that check patient data against doctor’s prescriptions and care plans.

• Patients have a better healthcare experience

Overall, Medical Computers can promote a better healthcare experience. Touchscreens let doctors easily enter data and read information without taking much attention away from patients. They can be small and portable, so they do not dominate an exam room.

• Patients may be able to pay lower costs

Medical computers can help hospitals and, in turn, patients, lower costs. Going paperless saves money on paper, printing, and postage. Also, medical computers can support increased efficiency. They can help prevent doctors from ordering unnecessary tests, as evidenced in one study which found the use of medical computers during outpatient visits to be associated with 14 percent fewer tests ordered per patient.

• Patients may receive better care

Medical Computers with Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) viewers enable doctors to view and interpret radiological images more quickly. Rather than waiting for a specific computer to be available to see and handle the images, they can view and edit them from any device on the network, thus letting diagnosis and treatment proceed more quickly.