In the modern world of clinical data management, there are many challenges that can be solved with the correct data and accurate records. For example, is it necessary to have a medical history review committee before contracting an illness? Is it necessary to have a laboratory test done before moving forward in a pregnancy? These are just some of the questions we face as clinicians when creating our practices’ storage policies. There are so many different options for data storage and collaboration that it can be overwhelming for new clinicians who aren’t experienced with data management. That’s why we enlisted the help of our Data from Practice Partners partner, DigitalXmedic, to answer your question: What is technology used for in clinical practice? How can technology affect your clinical data management game?
What is the use of digital data in clinical practice?
Digital data comes in many forms. Here are just some of the characteristics that you’ll see reflected in an image of digital data:
Data Warehousing and Collaboration
Digital data Warehousing (DDTV) and Collaboration happen during the design and development of an application. In these instances, data is kept in a digital format that allows the data scientists to collaboration with support staff, maintain their records, and drive business outcomes. When you’re working with large volumes of data, having access to a digital resource is essential. In our experience, having a digital resource that contains all of your data is greatly beneficial to both your work and your patients.
Is it necessary to have a medical history review committee before contracting an illness?
Well, that’s the big one. That’s the one you have to think about before contracting an illness. This is the number one question that doctors get when they’re determining if a patient will have a drug or test HIV-positive. We know it’s a real challenge for doctors to determine. So, in an effort to make the process easier, the American Medical Hall of Fame has created a special tool called the Dr. Mistr stands. The Dr. Mistr stands allows physicians to submit their patient records to the National Institutes of Health for a disease specific analysis. When the analysis shows that a patient has a specific cancer, the doctor can forward that information to the National Cancer Commission for a complete report.
How to storage clinical data in practice?
If you’re comfortable with having a lot of data—and you’re not worried about how it will be stored—then you can store all of your clinical data in one place. This goes for everything from your patient records to your practice schedule. After you’ve created a digital file, you can either open it in your favorite software (e.g., Microsoft Word, Google Sheets, etc.) to complete the necessary tasks or you can save it as an image file (e.g., JPG, GIF, and PNG). When you’re done, you can either keep the file on your computer or send it to a digital storage place (e.g., Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, etc.) where it will remain accessible without any hassle. Let’s say you have a digital medical record that contains information on every patient who has ever gone through your practice. If you decide you want to share that record with the world, you can either save that file as an image file or use the JPG file format.
Digital data has been around for a while and it’s being used increasingly in applications such as virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), smart home devices, and even as an extra layer of security for your patients. Traditionally, data was stored on paper, paper that was often expensive to store and many times outdated. Now, with the advent of AI and processing power, we’re seeing data be stored in digital format and communication is practically instant. That means less paper and less time to do your medical history or write a report for your medical journal. That’s the biggest change that you might have on your side when it comes to data storage. Remember, you can always delete the data once it’s been completed and you’re no longer a patient of the doctor.