Computer applications had atransformative impact on the process of medicine in many vivid ways.
There arelarge number of applications in medical that directly interacts with computer.The use of computer technology favours in medical and health care in variousways such as departmental uses, medical reports, scheduling and patientcommunication, and diagnostics and hospitalization. Many current medical machineriesmake use of computer technology. Doctors use computers to monitor the progressof the patients and nurses use it to transfer information to other division andto order medication and picture patients profile. Computers allows doctors andpatients to view visual data to check on blood pressure, heartbeat andpregnancy. Computers provide doctors to have a full view on the patient profilewhich develops them to handle a quality diagnostic. Computerized tomography,magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonography, telemedicine, bioinformatics and humangenome project are the technology that plays an important role in health care.
Billings and scheduled essential visits are computerized now and it’s easier tocommunicate and provide full information to patients through websites andemail. However, there are fewdisadvantages of computer application in medical and health care. It isexpensive, has risks of low-security and is highly dependent on technology. Thebiggest drawback in medical industry adding computers to hospital is the cost.
Developingnetwork to exchange medical history and hold track of billings is an extrainitial cost. Doctors, nurses and hospital staff must adapt quickly with thenew upgrades of technology as its constantly evolving. Medical files should bekept private for ethical and legal reasons. Patient medical records should bestored with high security measures to avoid network hacking from taking place.
Becauseof high dependency on technology, it is typical for computers to have technicalerrors. Many departments are linked by common information. If one division isdown the others are affected also. Thus, can cause inconvenience and negativeeffect on patients health condition. This issue can be dangerous in the Accident & Emergency Department.