The shift in the medical space from traditional paper records to digital records has been difficult and filled with setbacks.
As patients become increasingly mobile, their medical records may need to be accessed from half a world away, which is not always possible with physical records. As hospitals slowly digitise their records, they become more accessible, but that accessibility comes with its own set of problems.
Hospital data security has recently become a huge concern, especially over the past couple of years. Previous data breaches in this space have caused trust in this sector to drop. However, as the security of the data slowly improves and these services become both more convenient and necessary, these services will continue to proliferate.
In the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), record digitisation has already created a new problem. When a doctor is preparing to operate on a patient, they may have to log into and access up to 15 different NHS databases to read the appropriate patient information. This constant distraction from the surgery itself can remove surgeon attention from the patient, which is exactly where it needs to be.
To counter this, NHS Digital has recently rolled out NHS Login, which provides one login for all NHS information. The time and convenience savings from this new service are expected to be huge, as the surgeon will not need to spend as much time on inputting multiple logins and remembering a collection of different passwords. This may herald an international move to a more consolidated healthcare information network, as it shows that at least one major medical market is willing to embrace digital healthcare record management.