Even the Medical Field is Going Paperless!

Have you been wondering whether it would actually be as beneficial for you as everyone says it is to go paperless? Let us answer that question by first posing you another: Do you trust your doctors and the hospital they work in? If you answered yes to the second question, you might be saying yes to the first one as well. Even the medical field has been taking steps on the route to going paperless. The reasons and benefits, as usual, are manifold but sensible.

Firstly, going paperless would reduce paper waste drastically. Having a paper file for every single patient to come to the hospital takes up an incredible amount of space. That is not to mention the amount of time that must be spent by doctors and nurses who must spend time searching for the files as well. A significant portion of the time people feel is wasted in the waiting room actually is, in fact, wasted because of the time it takes to find your file, not to mention the files of everyone who was in the waiting room ahead of you. With the paperless system that hospitals are moving towards that time can be put more effectively towards assisting the patients in need.

A second benefit to a paperless system would be communication. No longer would patients have to carry their own records from one hopsital to the other more specialized hospital that they get sent to because of the uniqueness of their issue. When the information is all digital, everything from X-Rays to medical histories can be sent to the corresponding specialists in a matter of seconds without any of the worry of the physical copy becoming lost, damaged, or switched with someone elses. This would even be a major time-saving element within the same hospital as doctors would no longer have to physically find each other to trade the documents by hand, and they can simply go to their own computer or a terminal and print out their own copy of the information themselves.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly is the accuracy and safety of digital records. When copied by hand, there is the risk of someone misreading a crucial bit of information because of something so mundane as a doctor’s bad or hurried handwriting. A sheet of paper from your file may slip out and be lost because of the fiend known as gravity, causing the sheet to slip out of the folder and be lost among the plodding feet of everyday hospital traffic. Were this the only copy of your file, it could be disasterous and mean retesting and possibly hours of delay. With a paperless system, it would be a simple matter to reprint the file in its entirety or merely the missing page and could be remedied in a matter of minutes.

Ask yourself once more: Do you trust your doctors and the hospitals they work in to make smart choices? If so, then can you see any benefit in not making the paperless transition to the digital age?