New Trend Medical Records Management

Apps evolve a new trend in Medical Records Management

The future of healthcare is in our Smartphone apps! Read on to understand how Medical Record apps can fuel patient empowerment; how patients can now take charge of their medical records and put them to intelligent use.

The healthcare industry is witnessing huge innovations in mobile applications and changing the mindsets of patients as never before. The fact is, patients are no longer comfortable with their medical records residing in paper or electronic files between various doctors or healthcare providers. For example, imagine a scenario when a patient needs to balance several treatments related to different health concerns among various healthcare providers, with his health history records existing in multiple formats. Using an app designed to organize and access these documents in a simple and integrated manner will go a long way to simplify his medical care and treatment. Be it a X-ray or MRI or a test result or prescription, the need for an app to store , retrieve and share records instantaneously has become absolutely essential in today’s world.

Here are a few ways Medical Record apps greatly benefit users:

  1. Serve as a convenient tool to increase efficiency and save time: Physicians and caregivers have immediate and accurate information regarding allergies, medical conditions, and family history, lab test results etc. at their disposal. This will enable them to make critical clinical decisions in a timely manner.
  2. Improves productivity in patient’s treatment: Reminders and alerts for doctors’ appointments and proper in-take schedule ensures regular checkups and patients safety especially in elderly or chronically ill patients.
  3. Increases patient’s engagement: Patients have real time access to all their records. Engaging patients in their health care encourages shared decision making for the treatment ahead, based on medical evidences.
  4. Provides more clarity and sustainability: Paper based prescriptions can be limiting in terms of legibility and life. On the other hand medical apps facilitate high transparency on the entire medical history of a patient and are more resilient.

As with all new technology along with the promises are few significant pitfalls, the major one being the possibility of privacy breaches during access and transmit of medical history (while using these apps). The best endeavor to overcome this inhibiting factor is to examine the privacy policy of the app to make sure that it is neither vague nor non-existent to prevent personal information being disclosed unknowingly to third parties.

However, the known advantages far outweigh the risks and are highly influential to make more and more patients realize the real advantage in organizing and managing their own personal health records not to mention having vital health information at their fingertips.