Is your doctor still writing up manual cards to track your checkup visits? Is your doctor writing out prescriptions for you to take to the local pharmacy? When you attend a clinic for XRays, MRIs etc how are the records forwarded to you/ your GP?
Huge investments being approved in the US to drive ePateint records/ ePrescribing – with targets for cost saving, improved patient care, etc.
Interesting discussion in recent BusinessWeek article re adoption of these solutions – and major costs involved for individual doctors or small clinics (e.g. 3 doctors). Also covered in a Reuters story re ePrescribing last month.
Given all of the challenges facing us in the Irish economy will be interesting to see how we can implement these types of solutions in the Irish market place – to drive quality of service and greater efficiency (and cost savings).