One of the key trends revolving healthcare and healthcare and technology is transition to paperless practice. Transiting to digital health records is not without its challenges – steep learning curve, high upfront cost and disruption to existing workflow.
Most solutions in the market have gotten doctors and physicians to the digital space with EMR solutions, but usually it just ends there. Despite the numerous benefits by adopting EMR solutions, one common complain amongst doctors and physicians is the time consuming data entry on clerical and administrative duties – impacting their operational efficiency and productivity.
There could be some truth as to why doctors and physicians share such sentiments. An average person types on average 40 words per minute, as compared to 68 words per minute by handwriting. Taking other considerations such as shorthand, and the flexibility of annotation anywhere on a paper easily, we can see why most doctors and physicians still prefers writing their case notes.
While acknowledging the benefits of “writing” over typing, the element of having structured data entry process still remains as the key to unlocking the full potential of digital health records – enabling analytics with standardized classification of diagnosis for example, or detailing case notes on a standardize templates so medical data can be searched easier with proper indicators.
Combining these elements together is what brought Dragonfly as part of the end to end EMR solution. Dragonfly, a cloud-based annotation and document management platform by Vault Dragon, help doctors and physicians transit to paperless practise with minimal disruption to their workflow.
With just a simple setup from preset fields to case note templates, it enables doctors and physicians to be able to either “write” or type medical data, anywhere and anytime. Electronic notes have also tackled various challenges faced by physical documents, such as document degradation, inability to search for documents quickly, risk of document loss or damage.
Electronic notes are stored in the cloud and these medical data are also synchronized with the EMR platform, DragonHub, creating a healthcare application ecosystem, facilitating seamless data flow within the healthcare organization.
All these are just but a start of what technology can change and benefit the healthcare industry. Challenges remains ahead, but these developments have opened up new ways in which technology can be integrated across the healthcare landscape.