Healthcare Applications for Clinicians

Healthcare Applications for Clinicians

Mohamed K. Watfa (University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE), Hina Majeed (University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE) and Tooba Salahuddin (University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-123-8.ch003
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Clinical Informaticians have been considerably effective at replacing paper-based medical data with healthcare applications. Presently, the theme of interest for biomedical IT systems comprises of Web based and wireless healthcare provisions. To explore into this area of research, we begin by familiarizing the audience with the theme of healthcare applications in Section 1. This is followed by listing and discussing the advantages provided by generic computerized systems developed primarily for the assistance of physicians in Section 2.1. In Section 2.2, we consider possible challenges that these applications induce. Section 3.1 comprises of the possible benefits offered by Web-based applications for clinicians, whereas Section 3.2 focuses on the challenges offered by Web-based applications. Section 4.1 delivers an overview on the subject of wireless healthcare technology in regard to physicians whereas Section 4.2 lists and defines its benefits in detail. Section 4.3 gives a brief coverage to wireless healthcare devices that could be of significance to clinicians. Furthermore, Section 4.4 consists of a clarified consideration of wireless applications that currently provide assistance to certified physicians, followed by Section 4.5, focusing on its challenges. We conclude this chapter in Section 5, providing an insight of how the future of generic, Web-based, and wireless technologies could lead to added development in our lives as clinicians or patients.
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1 Introduction

Over the years, interactive computer-based systems have provided crucial support to clinics, hospitals and other health-based centers. These systems have continued to influence the manner in which clinical tasks are organized and fulfilled in terms of performing tests, diagnosis procedures, treatment methods, as well as storing, analyzing and accessing patient and staff information. At the present time, the computer-based systems used in healthcare settings of high standards are the result of joint efforts of clinicians, software developers and clinical informaticians hence triggering the outcome of the desired system to outdo that of existing applications. (Pagliari, 2007) Acquiring input from professionals of diverse qualifications and expertise who aim towards the same goal, offer various advantages as the result of added involvement.

Healthcare systems, whether in the form of desktop applications or mobile applications, have managed to replace paper-based systems to a large extent. One of the major themes of interest for biomedical IT systems, in today’s time, comprises of web-based and wireless healthcare facilities. Reasons include wide access vicinity, and quick and easy access of information.

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