Technology in clinical practice: think big, act small!

Why is there such a big gap between today's private and professional use of technology in clinical practice?
Thomas Haspeslagh

If doctors arrange a bank transfer via their smartphone or send a WhatsApp to friends or family, nobody will notice it today. However, if during a consultation a doctor retrieves the same smartphone to make the report of the visit in real time, the vast majority of patients will certainly claim that the doctor is an early adopter.

Why is there such a big gap between today’s private and professional use of technology in clinical practice? Dangerous question? Maybe, maybe not. It goes without saying that a smoothly working EPD is important. Electronic registrations should also be smooth and user-friendly so that they do not add extra (useless) time to the consultation. But what if we assume that other factors also play a role, factors that physicians themselves have more of an impact on, and where they can take matters into their own hands?

Hospitals already have a lot of digital information about their patients today. Due to the diversity, the different applications, and the (mostly unstructured) quality of this data, it is not easy to turn it into an asset. For example, today each hospital has people appointed to carry out various checks and manipulations on data depending on the purpose for which the data is intended.

We can wait until all registers talk to all HUBS and each hospital has a 100% comprehensive EPD so that all data processing and data exchanges takes place automatically. Or we can start today by replacing the most time-consuming activities with artificially intelligent applications, making employees time-free for value-added activities in healthcare.

We must certainly strive for optimal support of the care through the smart use of technology, let us start with what annoys you the most! I look forward to working with you to develop an intelligent (or artificial) solution.

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