Mercy launches cloud-based imaging tool for hospitals
USA based company Mercy Technological Services has launched a cloud-based medical imaging tool for hospitals which allow healthcare providers to share patient’s records for better collaboration and service delivery.
The world is shifting towards a time where technology helps with everything, replacing manpower with a faster and more efficient means. This has majorly impacted the medical sector in a positive way. Artificial Intelligence can now help with better patient care. There is still a lot of room for technological development when it comes to the medical sector. One such area for development is related to the old way of patient record keeping in hospitals.
To solve the issues faced by the doctor treating a patient from another hospital, Mercy Technology Services came up with a cloud-based software that allows doctors to put the patient’s records on the cloud which makes the records readily available in case of any issues in the future.
The system is called Picture Archiving Communication System, also known as PACS. PACS is a true definition of what the future of medicine and information processing would look like.
Though still in its initial stages, this system is applicable to all the 40 hospitals across the United States that have Mercy Technology Services as their main IT partner. So, in these 40 hospitals, the doctors can easily upload the patient’s history and other necessary information on the cloud and any other doctor with the same cloud system can access the information just with the help of a touch.
These hospitals now no longer required to contact from one station to another in order to get the necessary information. The latter takes too long to implement and in case of the information not being given on time can end in the death of a patient.
PACS is a really fast means of sharing patient information. This can help the doctor find anything that s/he needs to be cautious about right on time. For example, a patient is suffering from a disease and needs urgent care. In this scenario, if the doctor waits for the background information to see if the patient is allergic to any of the medication that he or she wishes to prescribe the patient; the patient might die. But with PACS in this scenario, the doctor doesn’t have to wait for too long. The doctor is just one touch away from patient’s necessary details.
PACS is cost effective. This means that to ensure smooth functioning of PACS, a hospital does not require a giant IT room and/or a large number of IT employees to stay on campus.
This saves the cost of establishment and maintenance of the IT room and the pay for the IT employees. The money saved here can be used for researches or for the hospital to invest in better patient care.
Lastly, in case of a natural disaster where the entire infrastructure is lost; with PACS, the information would stay. It would be accessible regardless of the existence of an old hospital. The patient can get treatment from other hospitals without worrying if the doctor knows their history or not.
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