This weeks blogpost will be a discussion about eHealth in the healthcare area that is the most interesting for me, therefore digitalization in emergency care, mostly in the pre-hospital care area.
This study (Prehospital digital photography and automated image transmission in an emergency medical service 2013) reflects on transmitting information via a digital camera to one hospital department, emergency and accident department or similar department via a broadband that was mounted in the ambulance. With this asset they are able to send information, eg. photos of medicines that was found on the accident scene, different injuries, medicine lists, ECGs or medical reports. (Bergrath et. ali. 2013)
There were some issues regarding the quality of the photos, for instance when the flash interrupted the lightning of the picture when it was used on white papers and surfaces. Furthermore the problem with the size of the photo files that were transmitted. In the test trail that were arranged, they took 314 pictures and 76,4% of them (240 pieces) where considered as clearly identifiable. 45 of them (14,3%) where considered limited quality and 29 of them (9,2%) where considered as not useful. (Bergrath et. ali. 2013)
The issue with this solution of transmitting data from a pre-hospital scene to a hospital is a really good idea, but it has to be better with the “smoothness”, make it easier to identify the patients name, birthdate and when I happened on the picture. Even the solution to send these bigger files with better picture quality. Even the fact that personal information will be transmitted, how can we ensure that the information will not end up at a person that this information isn’t meant to? (Bergrath et. ali. 2013)
As I see this, this is a really good initiative to make crucial decisions together with doctors and other healthcare personal at the hospital. With this conclusion about the importance of good quality of the pictures, it were a good result, but it has to get even better.
Bergrath, Sebastian. Rossaint, Rolf. Lenssen, Niklas. Fitzner, Christina. Skorning, Max. 2013. Prehospital digital photography and automated image transmission in an emergency medical service – an ancillary retrospective analysis of a prospective controlled trial. Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 2013 21:3.
Retrieved: 29.5 2017.