How Electronic Medical Record Systems Have Changed The Way Patient Information Is Stored

Technology has come quite a long way from where it was many years ago. It might seem unbelievable to the generation of today to think that 40 years ago, hospitals did not have computer systems in place to keep track of patient records and instead wrote everything down and stored information via filing cabinets. Some institutions used typewriters, but this method was still very time consuming.

The development of EMR systems has forever changed how patient information is stored and maintained. This type of technology allows for faster record keeping and also lets medical staff access records quicker and cuts down on patient wait times.

Every medical institution, such as hospitals, clinics, and private offices require a reliable system. As aforementioned, stocking and categorizing of documents that had been either handwritten or typed used to be the most common way of storing medical records. This method would create piles upon piles of papers being stored in large rolling filing cabinets.

The burden placed upon the medical team under these circumstances was immense because they had to search for medical files on a daily basis. Once the file folder was found, they then had to

Dimensions Of Family Medicine

Modernization in the present day world finds its way in every bit of the human life. The advent of new gadgets and the change in the way human beings generally conduct their activities generally sets the trend for modernization to occur. In the practice of medicine, there have been several major discoveries that have come up, and alongside with the changes in the way medical practitioners carry out their activities. Family medicine is one of the arising areas of concern.

Family Medicine abbreviated as FM refers to the specialization in the intensive or comprehensive care of patients of all ranges. Family doctors and family physicians are involved in the practice of family medicine, and they differ from the regular doctors in the intensity of care with which they handle their patients. In Europe, Family medicine is known by the name General Practice and the person in charge of the patients for treatment of acute or chronic ailments is General Practice Doctor, abbreviated as GP.

Family medicine is a three-dimensional specialty that encompasses knowledge, skills and process. The process bit focuses on a physician-patient relationship for which the patient in

Five Things To Look For In A Drugstore

Nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription pill. It’s no surprise, then, that the role of the local pharmacy has grown in recent years. In addition to dispensing doctor-approved drugs, pharmacists now take a more active role in patient care. With that in mind, here are five things to consider before choosing a drugstore.

Clear Instructions/Advice

In addition to preparing prescribed drugs, it is the duty of every pharmacist to give detailed instructions to each patient. Before the medication is dispensed, the patient should have a good understanding of its purpose, side effects, and dosage regimen. A druggist must also be familiar with the patient’s medical history in order to give him or her specific advice. Because many Americans take more than one medication simultaneously, the health professional must consider possible drug interactions during the initial consultation.


Survey after survey has confirmed that patients want greater access to their pharmacists. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. Limited store hours, busy schedules, and unexplained absences are common complaints. But, whatever the excuse, a customer must always consider what’s in his or her best interests. That may mean switching pharmacies if the man

Hypersomnia – Is It Just Excessive Daytime Sleepiness?

There are multiple reasons that you may be feeling tired during the day, but could it be due to hypersomnia? A somewhat unknown sleep disorder, hypersomnia can act like other sleep problems such as narcolepsy and is commonly misdiagnosed as such. Hypersomnia, though, is a sleep disorder that causes excessive sleepiness during the day and causes a person to sleep most of the time. Typically people with hypersomnia sleep for more than ten hours at a time and are very difficult to wake up. Even with plenty of sleep at night or treatment for other related sleep disorders, this rare sleep issue affects many Americans and most may not even know what it is that they are suffering from.

It is easy to see why hypersomnia can be misdiagnosed as narcolepsy, but narcoleptic people don’t have any control over when they fall asleep or when the extreme sleepiness hits them while hypersomniacs experience more of an increasing feeling of sleepiness over a longer period of time. Some estimates have between only one and three percent of the population as having hypersomnia but this is hard to say since many people believe they

Six Tips to Stay Asleep During the Night

A recent National Sleep Foundation poll reports that American insomnia rates have increased from 51% to 64% in the last few years. Insomnia can wreak havoc on the health and lives of its sufferers, causing excessive daytime sleepiness and extreme lack of energy.

The sleep-deprived can become irritable and depressed and may have trouble focusing on tasks, paying attention, learning and remembering. Insomnia can contribute to accidents with machinery, accidents from poor balance, and accidents on the road while driving.

Some people find it easier to fall asleep at the beginning of the night, but then wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. The causes of this may come from hormonal changes, insufficient exercise, eating foods that are disagreeable, drinking alcohol, or a general increase in stress. Whether it’s at 2:00, 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., they find themselves habitually awake and unable to get back to sleep. Here are some sleep tips that may help:

1. Use a black eye mask to cover your eyes and use earplugs to keep the noise out. A dark, cool room is most ideal to help the body produce melatonin, the hormone

Characteristics of a Good Elder Home Caregiver

No one wants to put their parents, grandparents, or other elderly family member in a nursing care facility but there may come a time when this might happen. If they can function in some capacity at home with some help then it might be advisable to hire elder home care personnel to come to their home and help with daily chores, bathing, dressing, cooking, taking them to their doctor’s appointments, and more. To ensure that you are hiring the right caregiver here are some characteristics that you should look.

One of characteristic you should look for is flexibility. Yes, many times each caregiver has a specific shift they work but sometimes things can happen and the next elder home care personnel may be running a few minutes late due to a car emergency, unexpected traffic, etc. You want to make sure that the caregiver who is there is flexible enough that they can stay over a few minutes until the other caregiver gets there. This is very important because in some cases the elderly may not be able to be left alone for even a few minutes. One example is if the elderly is suffering from an

Do You Have a Family Caregiver Backup Plan?

As the family caregiver, you have a multitude of items on your responsibility list. Caring for your aging loved one is always one of the most important things you do. Balancing your loved one’s care with your own family’s needs, your job and other obligations is no easy task. Having a respite care backup plan in place can help to ease your stress and so you can focus on your loved one’s needs.

Below are some common instances when respite care from an elder care provider can provide much needed relief.

Illness. As the family caregiver, it can be devastating when you get sick. If your loved one’s health is in a delicate state being around them when you are sick can compromise their good health. A senior home care provider can jump in to take care of your loved one so you can take care of yourself and get healthy.

Celebrations and Events. As the family caregiver, it is understandable that you sometimes pass on attending events with family and friends. However, certain events simply cannot be missed. Weddings, graduations, the birth of a child, these important

Medical Communications: Sharing Knowledge Towards Enabling Effective Healthcare Service Delivery

Medical communications is a general term for the development and production of materials that deal specifically with medicine or healthcare. Scientific and medical communication is essential for all scientific and pharmaceutical business wishing to share their data with the scientific community, healthcare professionals, patients or health authorities.

The need for medical communications in serving the healthcare sectors lies behind the fact of mixing scientific insights with relevant scientific data which are ethically Good Publication Practice (GPP2) guidelines approved. This will create awareness among different communities of healthcare providers along with clients. In addition to this, preparation of medical communication is based on the target audience, who will be the end user of the relevant documents.

Medical writers have expertise in writing, editing, and developing materials related to medicine and health. The tasks include gathering, organizing, interpreting and presenting information in a manner appropriate for the client. Professional medical communicators have communications expertise, awareness of ethical standards and healthcare knowledge. Materials prepared by them, in collaboration with public, private or NGO firms includes: Patient education brochures, News articles, Web content, Books, Journal articles and Education monographs. Besides this, some regulatory documents for submission in government agencies of

Importance of Medical Equipment Innovation

With ongoing research and development in medical technologies, doctors are better equipped to treat the patients with a greater chance of cure.

Medical Research and Technology

Scientists are constantly testing out new equipment and procedures to shorten operation periods whilst boosting life span. Moreover, they are also trying out new drugs for better treatment and even cure of prevalent disease.

With the help of medical technology, scientists reached into cellular level of germs and their antibodies. We already know how the discovery of vaccines helped control malaria, MMR, polio and other such illnesses, saving thousands of lives worldwide. As per the World Health Organization, vaccines save 3 million lives each year.

Importance of Innovation in Medicine

The life cycle of a medical product ranges from 18-20 months. This is still better that many industries, such as Information technology, but improvements still need to be made. Also note that innovation isn’t just about improving the quality of care; it is also about maintaining and sustaining better healthcare systems.

And even while less than 10% of national health budget was apportioned to medical equipment innovation during the fiscal year of 2000-2008, advances in medical

Medication – Do Your Research

One of things I like to get clear on from the outset of working with a client is whether they’re taking medication – and if so, what is it and what effect does it have. Whether they’re emotion suppressants (for depression, grief, overwhelm, complex life change), sleeping tablets (stress & anxiety), pain management (migraines, cancer, post-ops), or nausea drugs (eating disorders or addictions) – every single one of them has a wider impact on a person’s body than simply the remit it’s being taken for.

Some years ago I moved my practice from London to Aberdeenshire. Shortly after that I was introduced socially to a delightful and smart woman who, over a period of about 18 months, went from no medication to an increasingly-complex cocktail of at least 8 different types of pills daily – initially to manage depression, then weight gain, addiction, liver challenges, thrombosis, and on and on – until she died in hospital asking to be taken out of there because ‘… all of this is too much’ (the drugs… not her life).

Go back to the beginning of that chapter, her depression began by not having access to her son because she