The bottom line of any health care profession is the paperwork produced and the amount of record keeping involved. It is almost as if there is a virtual breeding ground for forms, printouts and charts, which seem to multiply almost at will. Health care professionals who have trained in the medical insurance billing and coding discipline require cautious prescription to make sure medical information is rotated properly. Without this commitment, the health care industry would stop dead in its tracks.
What may be termed as ‘information clutter,’ comes from an inherent redundancy to reproduce information on a daily basis. And the reproduction of paperwork is something no health care practitioner can avoid. It is the express duty of the health care staff to make sure each patient has an up-to-date paper file on hand for attending physicians. The turning and churning of information has created a virtual Mount Everest of medical documentation.
The good news is there is a solution on the horizon that answers the question of how to eliminate the time committed to paperwork. With the advent of Apple’s new iPad, records modernization gains a powerful new tool. Not only is the iPad an answer to laborious paperwork, it is also a solution that eliminates the need to carry around cumbersome medical texts. The iPad can store a virtual library of medical knowledge, which can be quickly assessable at a moment’s notice.
Just imagine the benefits gained by a doctor’s ability to access full color imagery, charts, x-rays, test results and charts on the spot. And patients have always complained about the lengthy process of signing in, filling out registration forms and taking surveys. While forms are always necessary to fill out, the iPad allows the process to be completed and consolidated from one source.
The iPad can also make a doctor infinitely more effective and address the very real concerns of patients who can receive real-time audiovisual presentations — helping to reduce medical vernacular into every day laymen’s terms.
Select hospitals are already using the iPad for medical documentation and retrieval. Overall, physicians and medical billers are overwhelmingly enthusiastic about its potential applications. Apple’s iPhone is already a huge hit with many doctors and nurses who are privy to the thousands of applications designed specifically for the health care industry. In the coming years, the iPad expects to booster its offerings beyond those already available for the iPhone.
It may only be a matter of time before the Apple iPad becomes a mainstay in the offices and work place environment of doctors and health care practitioners.