How to Increase Patient Satisfaction Scores and Safety Using Computer Technology
Computer Technology Advances Modern Medicine
Personal computers have become a part of everyday life for most people. They send and receive messages, connect us to the rest of the world, and provide us with information on any subject that we need. Computer technology has been responsible for many of the greatest advances in modern medicine. Doctors and their patients have the opportunity to communicate in newer and easier ways than ever before, making patient care and treatment more effective every day.
Improving Patient Care and Satisfaction
Dr. Daniel Sands is Director of Electronic Patient Records at the Center for Clinical Computing at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA is serious about using the internet to improve his patient care and satisfaction level. "Why should patients sit reading a Time Magazine that’s eight months old, when they could be learning about their health?" he asks when someone comments on his waiting room having computers for patient use. Dr. Sands is a leader in the new treatment philosophy of “electronic patient-centered communication”.
More than 60% of American households have at least one computer and 80% of them visit medical sites for information. (Other countries have equal numbers of computers, too.) Roughly six million people visit medical sites, over three million people use online support groups, while five million people visit real doctors to satisfy their concers. This indicates that more people get their medical information online before deciding whether or not to go to a physician, often finding ways to treat the problem without an office visit.
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