Medical Goes Digital!
I read about a startup called Rx Vault, which aims to provide electronic health record solutions to consumers by digitalising the bulky paper medical files. This will provide access to the patient health records both to the patients as well as the doctors anytime and anywhere. It will also consist of an online platform to connect the doctors and patients virtually where appointments could be booked online.
The first known medical record was developed by Hippocrates, in the fifth century B.C. He prescribed two goals that a medical record should accurately reflect the course of disease and a medical record should indicate the probable cause of disease.
These goals are still appropriate, but electronic health records systems can also provide additional functionality, such as interactive alerts to clinicians, interactive flow sheets, and tailored order sets, all of which cannot be done be done with paper-based systems.
The first EHRs began to appear in the 1960s. “By 1965, Summerfield and Empey reported that at least 73 hospitals and clinical information projects and 28 projects for storage and retrieval of medical documents and other clinically-relevant information were underway.”
These early projects had significant technical and programmatic issues, including non-standard vocabularies and system interfaces, which remain implementation challenges today. But they lead the way, and many of the ideas they pioneered (and some of the technology, such as the MUMPS language) are still used today.
Now these digitalised health records can also be called a platform mediated network, which connects doctors to patients.
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