The Use of Computer Software in Medicine

Software

The use of specialised computer software has become an important part of modern medicine and has revolutionised healthcare system and medicine as such in many ways. Computer software is used in virtually all fields of medicine and offers a number of direct and indirect benefits for both the patients and healthcare providers.

Microscopy imagining. Microscopy or the use of microscopes is of utmost importance for analysing samples, and determining the cause of health problems and proper treatment or management of a particular condition. Specialised software is used in microscope image processing which dramatically reduces the amount of medical errors and improves the quality of healthcare. Such processing is also used by a number of other fields of medicine including biomedical research, drug testing, etc.

Data storage. Before the advent of computers, patient medical data was kept in filing cabinets which took a lot of space and time to find a particular information. In addition, unauthorised persons accessed sensitive information with relative ease. Specially designed software programmes designed and used to eliminated the need for physical archiving of patient data as well as increased security of patient medical information.

Patient monitoring. Hospitalised patients are often connected to various machines which in turn are connected to software that monitors pulse, blood pressure and other important life functions, and immediately notifies the staff if there are any abnormalities. This has dramatically improved the survival rate of the patients with life-threatening conditions.

Telemedicine. Specialised software programmes which allow communication between the patients and healthcare providers on a distance offer a number of benefits for both the patients and physicians. In addition to being convenient and time saving, telemedicine improves health care of the patients who are not receiving proper treatment due to distance or other reasons as specialised software programmes allow healthcare providers and specialists to analyse and asses the patients as if they would be physically present.

Medical diagnosis. Various methods are used to determine the cause of health problems and prescribe treatment. But in case of rare and complicated conditions, healthcare experts usually had to review similar cases or consult their colleagues about treatment options. Those days, however, are long gone. Specially designed software which stores diagnostic information gives healthcare providers an instant access to relevant information, while the so-called clinical decision support systems also help physicians make diagnosis by analysing the patient data. The time to make diagnosis and prescribe treatment is thus dramatically shortened which can be life-saving for patients with the most serious conditions.

Biomedical research. The field of biomedical research which is focused on improving public health, finding effective treatments for currently incurable conditions, improving the existing treatments, etc. depends greatly on various simulations which are possible thanks to specialised software programmes.

Administration. Medical software programmes have made administration a lot easier and faster allowing healthcare providers to dedicate more time to their patients. This, however, also requires less employees in administration which in turn enables practices and hospitals to invest more money in medical equipment and technology, and improve medical services for their patients.