Recording your doctor’s instructions

Many of my clients are medical practitioners – physicians, dentists, optometrists, et al.  I help them buy and install state of the art PCs and networking equipment – and then work with their staff to organize their digital medical records.  Very high tech – and very supportive of patient health.

Some doctors are high tech – and some are old-school.

Think about your recent doctor visits.  Some doctors hand-write your medical information,  hand you one or more paper prescriptions to give to your pharmacist, then store your record card in massive file-folder cabinets.

Doctors rarely provide hand written instructions.  They depend upon the the guidance provided by the manufacturer to provide instructions.

What if you’re a senior who has difficult reading instructions.  What if you’re a teen who is more focused on Facebook rather than listening to instructions and passing them along to Mom and Dad.

A doctor that takes advantage of technology will do the following:

  • Enter the details of your visit directly into a patient management database
  • Order your prescription at a local pharmacy before you leave the office
  • Make available an online

If you doctor is state of the art, they will enter the details of your visit directly into a PC running a patient management program.  They will contact your pharmacy to facilitate a prescription, and

At a recent doctor’s visit of my own, I noticed how certain medical methods were from the previous century.  I had an infection in my eye-lid.  Requiring several office visits, I was given numerous prescriptions, an over the counter eye lid wipe, and several instruction how to apply the drops and apply a hot wash cloth twice a day.

If I didn’t treat the infection properly, I was in danger of having to visit an emergency room for