american elderly accessING internet for healthcare

Researchers Mary Schmeida, PhD and Ramona McNeal, PhD reported their findings in the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved. This study, published in the month of August, shows how the scenario has changed since their last report. The elderly and poor people in America are becoming more Internet-savvy by the day.

The same journal had published in August last year, a study on state hosted web sites, by Edward Miller and his colleagues from Brown University. This study showed how the elderly were having  problems in getting information

from such web sites. Some people were facing special problems because of their disability to see properly. The too small font sizes were the major reason.

It was also noted in the latest study by Schmeida and McNeal, that the information that was searched on Medical Care and Medical Aid was accessed by an indiscriminate array of people. That is to say, people of all ages, from all income groups, ethnic origin, and regardless of their being born as male or female, sought to satisfy their queries from such online searches. Information from a  survey on around 3000 people, that was carried out for the Pew Internet & American Life Project, was also included in the study.

Even though broadband is less accessible in the villages, the rural American population is also actively using the Web today. This just goes to show the 'Underserved' want to receive good service and are willing to seek it.

EMR extended by Arden Cancer Centre, UK

Electronic Medical Records for all patients will be accessible to Cancer care staff at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, by Christmas. The Oncology Department was the first one to get the system in the Arden Cancer Centre. That was in January. Since then it has gradually spread to other sections.

Impac's Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software, has been delivered by Elekta, to create and maintain detailed electronic records of each one of their cancer patients. Now all 400 dedicated users can share a Master Patient Index, and have one common set accessible to the whole trust.

Through the Impac EMR, hospital staff can access patient information from remote locations. The system captures diagnostic as well as treatment information, along with scheduling and billing details.

Communication simplified at Hospitals in Denmark

Wireless Technology has replaced magnetic boards, pagers and hand-written notes at the Horsens Hospital. All the key personnel of the Surgical ward are electronically tracked with RFID.

The University of Aarhus has developed iHospital which consists of AwareMedia. These are flat screens that post schedules and lists of personnel present in the different rooms, like the Operating, Recovery and Post-operative ward. They also post live feeds showing the current status of the Surgical theatres,  drag and drop touch screen and chat feature.

For in-house communication, they have developed 'AwarePhone'. Each handset has the standard capabilities of IM, SMS and voice, together with showing the location, schedule and status of each person. Aarhus University is also trying to get private parties to invest.

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