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Telematics reaches patient records

Doctors must keep excellent patient records in order to provide the best medical care possible. This is becoming increasingly difficult as patients consult different laboratories for tests, or seek further advice from a referred specialist. In response to this, an Italian company designed an electronic patient record system to help doctors grapple with the immense amount of patient information and assist them in their daily work of providing patients with the most effective health care.
Telematics reaches patient records
Doctors receive patient information from a variety of different sources, and all this data needs to be put together in up-to-date patient records so as to efficiently and accurately deal with treatment. This is a difficult task to do on a daily basis, and in an effort to help doctors and benefit patients, the WOMAN project created a web oriented desktop system that brings telematics to health care providers.

The electronic patient record system, originally used in Europe for menopause patients, consists of different modules. The electronic patient record application is an intranet technology that follows and tracks patient activity and collects information by utilising a structured protocol which facilitates communication with other laboratories or departments. Another module is the statistic tool that yields local data or anonymous statistics within databases. In addition, the extranet tool is able to extract and send patient information to other doctors in a way that ensures protection by utilising XML. Finally, the tele-consulting tool enables videoconferencing between centres and doctors so as to review specific patients.

It is important to note that this telematics innovation utilises new architecture in a way that manages distributed databases while maintaining security with XML language. In fact, this web-based system uses JAVA and represents state-of-the-art technology within this sector. Its success has already been verified as it was adopted by the EMAS (European Menopause and Andropause Society) as the standard electronic patient record system. It has also been tested by 40 doctors and 50 women within the menopause sector, while its flexibility and adaptability has led to its use in other medical departments, such as a neurophysiopathological clinic.

In essence, this electronic patient record system can effectively benefit both doctors and patients.

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