Medical Data Availability

An acquaintance had a medical emergency and was rushed to an hospital. The doctor ordered tests be done to her medical data and it took over an hour for the tests to be concluded. This got me asking why we don’t have a medical data availability system

I’m thinking of a system that has everyone’s medical data. You have access to your medical data, can update parts of it and most importantly, your Current Health Center(CHC) can access it. The importance of such a system include

  • You are treated as soon as you arrive at the hospital by removing the need for tests to gather historical and static medical data like blood type, medications, previous diagnosis and ailments etc.
  • Relevant parties are notified of your admission
  • Your doctor can confirm that you can afford the medical expenses before admission.
  • Medication you’re on is visible to your doctor.
  • Relevant health education and developments in medicine can be provided to you that are related to your medical status

That’s it in SIMPLE ENGLISH.

In more details,

Components

An electronic health record(EHR) system to manage and provision medical data either locally or internationally. This includes the ability to enter and retrieve data at treatment centers &medical laboratories , control access to the EHR and provide a central point of contact to their customers

A patient Portal that allows patients interface with their doctors and carry out outpatient activities without commuting.

What does the system do?

Provides instant access to a regional store of patient medical data to facilitate prompt medical treatment.

Benefits

 Individuals

  • Ensures that patients are treated as soon as they arrive at the hospital by removing any need for routine tests like blood type and allergy tests
  • Ensures that concerned parties are notified when a patient is admitted to the hospital, and allows doctors clarify the patients financial details.
  • Provide a relatively cheap access to medical checkups due to the economies of scale a constantly running medical lab can
  • Reminds patients of medical appointments and medications and ease out-patient
  • Patients can enter data on over the counter drugs they’re using so doctors can note drug
  • Provides patient centralized access to health information and education, enabling them to get informed on developments in medicine that might be useful to them.

Embassies:

  • To provide access to medical data of visitors for emergency medical treatment
  • For health status logging and monitoring (A visitor comes in with a disease and is diagnosed upon entry. The host nation can monitor if pathogens are being brought in). This is quite important especially in the light of super-bugs.

Hospitals

  • Facilitates prompt treatment of patients by providing quick access to medical data and history including allergies and other factors that affect treatment choices.
  • Allows doctors to interface with patients without their physical presence.
  • Allows doctors verify the ability of patients to pay before they carry out expensive medical
  • Eases referrals across medical
  • Allows patients to fill forms prior to their arrival at the hospital, ensuring they can be treated faster
  • To provide data on clients for monitoring and treatment advisory
  • To facilitate preventative
  • Allows patients to be seamlessly transferred across covered medical institutions

Problems

  • The costs (financial and manpower) of transcribing medical data from their present medium of storage.
  • Trust Issues with customers about anyone having access to your medical.
  • Fear of medical profiling as HMO’s deny people coverage because of medical history and data gathered on family health issues
  • Hospitals having trust issues as regards the medical data generated by other hospitals

Additional data

  • A patient is registered at his hospital and that is his primary health center (PHC). If there is an emergency, the emergency health center (EHC) leases his records to treat him and pays for the lease. The patient is then moved to his PHC upon stabilization. This ensures that hospitals don’t mind their patients getting emergency medical treatment outside.
  • The doctors at your PHC are the only ones allowed to routinely access their local EHR. The patient Portal links a patient to his PHC and allows him to consult his doctors.
  • The patient is identified via fingerprints. This speeds up sign in and allows patients to be treated even if they’re brought in unconscious. Multiple fingerprints can be used t ensure accuracy. The fingerprint also validates the account details of the patient and allows the hospital to treat the patient upon arrival

It’s a work in progress so feel free to contribute whatever ideas you have :).

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