I-pads makes treatment process easier for docs at Manipal Hospital
The entire healthcare scenario seems to have undergone a sea change with the coming in of newer technology and gadgets. Some might have a notion that new gadgets are just meant for entertainment purpose, but this is not true, if used in the right perspective it can ease one’s work. This is what the usage of I-pads by few doctors at Manipal Hospitals Old Airport Road, Bangalore have proven. Even when they are on the move, in case of emergency doctors are able to retrieve information of patients and direct patients accordingly and vice-versa.
It has been about five months with the starting of pilot project where in seven doctors in the hospitals from different speciality- internal medicine, nephrology, plastic surgery and oncology have been using the facility. The I-pads are 100% touch based software which works with the wi-fi network at the hospital premises. Nandkishor Dhomne, VP-IT and CIO, Manipal Health Enterprises said: “The doctors who are using these I-pads on a pilot basis are using it for managing both out-patients as well as the inpatients. All of them are having a positive response. Keeping the good response in mind by November end we have planned to cover the entire hospital staff in our Old Airport Road branch.
Relating about its working Nandkishor said: “The I-pads are totally touch based and zero percent typing unlike the desktops or laptops and has speech recognition with medical dictionary. The i-pads system also has drug database integration with drug to drug and drug to allergy interaction. The printed prescription to patients are integrated with patient application and patient portal. This has automatic ordering to pharmacy, laboratory and radiology unit of the hospitals which is integrated with the hospitals information system (HIS), laboratory information system (LIS), pharmacy and medical report documentation (MRD). Through this system real time clinical analysis are available, thereby making the assessment procedure quicker.”
For the in-patient service, the i-pads are helpful in providing bedside access to patient information, progress notes, integration with speech to text, viewing of vital trends online, integrated with the hospital information system (HIS) laboratory information system (LIS), pharmacy and medical report documentation (MRD). One of the most important advantages using this system is, it reduces the discharge summary time for patients who otherwise have to wait for hours together to get their documents from one department of the hospitals to another. “This will be an ongoing process. In another18 months we are planning to take it forward to 400 doctors across all Manipal group doctors.”
Dr Sudarshan Ballal, Medical Director and Chairman, Medical Advisory Board, Manipal Health Enterprises who is one among the seven doctors using the tabs says: “The i-pads are totally touch based and has the greatest advantage of mobility. Information about patients can be retrieved even from remote place instantly. Based on the feedback from the doctors using it on pilot basis and trying to do away with the glitches we will be introducing it among all other doctors.”