Doctors use technology to communicate with patients, improve the efficiency of patient care and record-keeping, implement more effective medical treatments, and increase communication with other doctors. Improvements in the use of medical technology have helped doctors improve the quality of medical treatment overall.
Doctors can now use social media and other communication tools to reach a wider range of patients. These tools allow doctors to raise awareness of medical issues, make contact with new patients and even communicate directly with patients about their symptoms using online chat.
Improvements in technology also allow doctors to enhance patient care through the digitization of medical records. Doctors and nurses commonly interpret patient information using tablets or computers, with records kept as electronic files accessible anywhere. Digital medical records also allow patients increased access to their own health information.
Doctors also make use of developments in medical technology to provide better patient care. New devices, procedures and medicines all contribute to improved treatment and improved chances of recovery. Health care technology developments have also reduced the cost and time needed to perform many medical procedures.
Finally, online communication tools help doctors share information with one another and stay informed about medical developments. Doctors in rural areas can contact experts or specialists in order to improve patient treatment, all without the need to move patients. Doctors can also consult extensive online databases for help in diagnosing patients.