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Women’s Health Informatics in the Primary Care Setting

Women’s Health Informatics in the Primary Care Setting
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Author(s): Gareth Parry (Horsmans Place Partnership, UK)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 12
Source title: Clinical Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-561-2.ch508


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Women’s health in primary care is a large part of the generalist’s practice. Information technology (IT) is now an integral part of the generalist’s office, often more so than in secondary care and therefore this chapter is a key starting point in the book. Initially there is an introduction of the role of IT in primary health and the many areas it may encompass. We then move onto organizing clinical information and the ways that this maybe represented electronically in the “cradle to grave” electronic health record. In addition to recording information, can IT help the primary care doctor? The area of IT in screening, prevention and alerts is discussed. The role of the computer in the clinician’s office and the impact it has on the consultation is explored. Can computer help clinicians perform better? Areas of discussion include the role of computers in audit and systems using artificial intelligence to improve patient care. IT is increasingly important in scheduling both within the practice and at the local hospital. This can be done by the primary care doctor and in some instances by the patient his or herself. The ideal situation is the primary care doctor having a system which can “talk” to external systems (e.g. local hospital notes, with a secure portal). In some countries such as the United Kingdom, this is becoming a reality, though there are problems which are discussed.

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