Modern medicine creates mountains of data – a suite of iPad apps called Medopad aims to integrate it all and place it in the palm of a doctor’s hand
Hospitals are full of valuable information about patients however doctors often struggle to use the information effectively. A start up based in London wants to revolutionise how doctor’s use this information, with a new suite of apps for iPad called Medopad.
This new idea is to link up every data making system and machine that is in the hospital to a central service which could deliver a patient’s records, from historical medical files to MRI and X-ray scans to a iPad.
A series of individually designed Medopad apps will help doctors to better use all information they have at their disposal. One of the apps had been designed to broadcast the readings from a patients heart monitor to their doctor’s iPad screen. So a doctor could check these results remotely anywhere in the hospital. There is also another app that uses voice recognition to let doctors create written notes on patients by just speaking
BMI Healtcare who the UK’s largest private healthcare provider, have been piloting Medopad and seeing great results.”It’s intuitive, and it kind of works the way doctors think,” says group medical director, Mark Ferreira.
With Medopad in place, doctors will be able to refer cases to one another for a second opinion from within the app suite. Photos of a patient’s visible symptoms can be taken using an iPad and shared, for example. Another Medopad app features integration with the Google Glass headset, which allows up to five clinicians to collaborate in real time, take pictures and share them, and access a patient’s records simultaneously. A pathology app can even do some analytical work for doctors, with abnormal blood-test results flagged automatically.
iPads aren’t the the only technology in the health news
New software and technology have been at the forefront of the news recently with Apple looking to embrace the healthcare industry and doctor’s and care workers finding different uses for the Xbox as well.
Security is a big question especially when dealing with such confidential data however the Medopad has a number of security features. For instance, it can be set up that when a doctor’s device physically leaves the hospital network, patient data will no longer be available on it.
Both doctors and patients should benefit from this kind of system, says Stevan Wing, who co-hosts a podcast on medical apps called The Digital Doctor. “If you increase the doctor’s information as well as their ability to share it with patients and make joint decisions, then I think the quality of care must improve,” he says.
Charles Lowe, president of the Telemedicine and eHealth section at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, has been following Medopad’s progress. “It’s going to speed up treatment,” he says.
Medopad look’s like its going to be great and help keep hospitals and the care industry up with the latest technology in a very digital world. Although there maybe problems oocur further down the line in terms of extra security and actual cost of the software. Though it seems positive steps are being taken by Medopad.
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