The daily jobs of doctors could be rapidly changing. Everyone knows doctors and nurses are always bogged down by paper, amounting to hours of valuable time.
A London NHS trust has joined forces with Google to create a mobile app called Streams. From early next year, the app will be able to alert clinicians of patients with signs of acute kidney injury in its very early stage. If successful the app will eventually be used to detect various life threatening diseases.
This app could save time, normally taken up by paperwork, and allow healthcare professionals to have all the patients data instantly at their fingertips.
According to the article, all patient data is secure and encrypted, so even Google won’t have access to it (apparently!?). Patients can also opt out of data sharing just by a simple email.
Maybe healthcare apps are the way forward, not only to monitor your own health, but for doctors to access your records easier. How interesting?
How would you feel if the NHS went completely paperless, and maybe emailed your prescription instead – what if you don’t have an email? About 3.3 billion email accounts worldwide in 2012 but this isn’t the worldwide population.. does that mean those that do not have an email address, will find it difficult to get a paper prescription?