Technology has transformed most industries to the point where it’s difficult for us to remember how things were before. Even beyond the consumer products that many of us use every day, like cell phones, tablets, and desktop/laptop computers, there are digital inventory systems, satellite technologies, and communication systems constantly working behind the scenes at lightning speeds to make our lives easier.
The medical field is no exception to this, as the average patient can see. Doctor’s offices are now filled with computers, monitors, and devices of all kinds that accomplish a dizzying range of tasks that used to be administered by humans. Here are just a few of the amazing advantages that technology has brought to medicine, for the good of patients and the physicians that care for them.
In the field of medicine, accuracy has always been a top priority. Patient records must be absolutely reliable in order for future healthcare providers to accurately understand the patient’s medical history and needs. Passing information from general practitioners to specialists and surgeons, for instance, must be done without error, and prescriptions written by doctors must be accurately interpreted by pharmacists to ensure that patients receive the right pharmaceutical products in the right dosages.
Technology has served the medical field in an enormously important way by removing the factor of human error from patient records and communications. Of course, humans are still involved in data entry and data interpretation, and there is still the possibility of mistakes in those cases, but digital recordkeeping and communications have eliminated a vast majority of the copying errors, poor handwriting, lost records, and other mistakes that can jeopardize the health and safety of patients.
Privacy and Security
Patient privacy has always been critical in the healthcare field, long before HIPAA regulations were passed to put the rights of patients in the United States into writing. The ability that patients have today to enter their personal, medical, and even financial information into a digital system rather than communicating them to another human worker, either verbally or via written document, greatly reduces the chances that that information could make its way into the wrong hands.
In a slightly different sense, patients often feel more comfortable answering sensitive and potentially embarrassing questions in the format of a digital screening or survey as opposed to answering those same questions asked by another person, even when that person is a professional like a doctor or nurse. If a patient gives dishonest answers to those questions, the healthcare professionals lose the ability to give the patient the right treatment, so using electronic methods to gather the necessary information, removing the element of person-to-person interaction, greatly benefits both doctor and patient.
Zachari Cargnino of Diagnostic Link, along with the others on the company’s leadership team, have built their services on the idea that digital technologies can do many things that are impossible for human healthcare professionals. By taking the place of a human in contexts like administering surveys or other information-gathering activities, they free up personnel for other tasks that can’t be accomplished digitally. By residing on tablets and other portable devices, software tools can quickly be used anywhere at any time, giving patients access to vital services when a doctor or nurse is not available to provide them.
Electronic Mental Health Screening
Zachari Cargnino, the CFO at Diagnostic Link, is passionate about the flagship product that his company provides because it represents the best of what technology offers to the medical field. The electronic mental health screening system available through Diagnostic Link brings accuracy, privacy, security, and power to an area of the healthcare field that has traditionally presented great challenges to doctors and other professionals seeking to treat patients with mental health disorders.
When a patient completes a mental health screening on a tablet computer, he enjoys privacy and the ability to concentrate on his responses rather than the distractions of communicating with another person. He can rest in the knowledge that his answers are being kept private and are being communicated accurately to his doctor. And he can take the test wherever he is, at the moment, without having to schedule an appointment at a time when his doctor or counselor is available.