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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Information Management: The True Essence of Medical Practice

Twenty five, 30 years ago, doctors could keep track of their patients on index cards. I know some of these retired docs. They tell me that in some instances a 30 year patient relationship could be held on a 4-6 index card, front and back.
Seems insane in these information rich times.
Medicine, the business of medicine, that is, has become if nothing else, information heavy.
Clinical data, billing data, legal & compliance data, laboratory data; it could fill a warehouse if stored in paper format.
What is the best way to handle this mountain of data?
Digitally.
Either purchase the system or develop it yourself, but get a system that can store and more importantly manage information digitally.
You’ll be much better off for it in the future.

(Reprinted from: iLabTQM.com/blog