Much of the practice of medicine is considered an art. For a physician or a member of the medical staff to be able to diagnose and treat an issue specific to one patient is difficult and requires not only many years of practice but an artful and creative mind. However, this is often not enough and the subjectivity of a “gut feeling” may not always work or assure the patient that they’re receiving the proper course of treatment. This is where technological advances and analytics can help.
Elsevier / MEDai tools help to determine the factors that drive medical decision making. By weighing certain variables, the programs provided are able to assist the medical personnel in diagnosing and treating the problem the patient presents with based on facts and data rather than perception.
Decisions that will impact patient care and well-being must be done by analyzing the risks that drive decision making. Even though there is always risk present in any healthcare field, the goal is to minimize it while properly caring for the patient.
For example, if an unconscious patient presents with an infection, a common treatment is penicillin. But if the patient is allergic to penicillin and unable to say so then the physician runs the risk of hurting the patient further rather than helping. Through the use of medical data and risk analysis, the physician is able to access the patient’s records quickly, determine their risk factors for certain treatment options and decide accordingly.
The practice of medicine through trial and error is over. Because of companies like Elsevier / MEDai, hospitals and medical facilities are able to minimize risk through the compilation and sharing of medical information to better treat every patient and provide the quality care they deserve.