Friday, 11 August 2017

Digital Records Are Changing Lives

Doctors no longer rely on piles of paper and notesto keep a track of how their patients are doing. They no longer try to keep up with an ever increasing paper trail. Doctors have gone digital and how! While many doctors still swear by the good old method of paper filing, most have moved to their digital era. Their patient records and all the information is now stored digitally. Instead of asking patients for long winding information on their last check up and illness, doctors have all the information at their finger tips. This not only save time but also saves a lot of paper, mess and not to mention it is quite effective in helping doctors have all the information they need without going back and forth between the records.

Recently, medical professionals have been using various software for their work. This is not just good for doctors; it is also great for patients. Patients need their doctors to be well organized. Storing all the information about patients, digitally helps doctors access all information quickly, compare details that either may have missed and all of a patient health related data is easily available.This is extremely helpful when a doctor needs to refer a patient case to another doctor. Instead of a long winding paper trail, all the information can be sent within seconds. Organized information will help avoid costly mistake from both the sides. Electronic health records help doctors pass on the information to the rest of the team more precisely and faster. Over all EHR (Electronic Health Record) makes everybody’s life easier.

It’s not just patient records can be digitally stored. A Doctor can fix appointments, check the logs and stores all related information about his patient, his outreach and the effectiveness of any kind of treatment through digital records. There are downfalls of technical failures, but if everyone invests in backups and measures for digital security, life and work would be smooth sailing for all involved. Doctors going digital is a good news for all and sundry. Technology has a way of surprising medical community in various ways. Who knows what the future holds for us!

Friday, 28 July 2017

How Important Is Online Reputation For Doctors?

With the way the internet is taking over our life it is not hard to see why it is important to have a good internet reputation. People have a tendency to Google everything they know nothing about. A new word, a new restaurant, an historical event, a movie or a band, you name it and the first instinct anyone has is to Google it. With the world wide information now fitting in your pockets snugly, people have all the information they need on their figure tips. So when they are recommended a doctor through people or through the internet itself, their first instinct is to google the name and find out all that they possibly can. It is at this juncture that it becomes absolutely essential for you as a doctor to have an indisputable online reputation.

Your online reputation speaks about you, your qualification, your work, your patient’s opinion about you and much more. Most people believe that if you are not online, you are safe from being judged. However, that is not true. If you lack an online reputation, you essentially do not exit. Your patients won’t trust a doctor who isn’t well known enough to have a digital identity. Building up a great online reputation isn’t as tough or challenging as it sound. One of the most common ways to do this is having your own blog or a website. If you don’t have one of your own you can register yourself on platforms that bring doctors and patients together.  Posting articles on medical science, having online consultation etc adds to your online reputation. Patients are quick to form opinion and review their Doctors Online. It is essential to not only have good reviews but also strong online presence to curb any negative reactions.

To build a good online presence doctors can also use social media to their benefit. Along with blogs, start profiles on Practo, LinkedIn, Google+, a Facebook page or a YouTube helps greatly. Sharing your medical knowledge and helping patients will put you in touch with patients in real life. Answering a patient’s query on Quora or keeping up with the latest medical news and trends on twitter also helps. The idea is to build an online presence that helps patients know who you are, what you can do and how they can benefit. Your online reputation can propel your career ahead. In the age of digital revolution, don’t be left behind. It’s ok to jump on the digital bandwagon; the journey of the digital world has just begun.