ICT for health care
An area where Communication Technology is slowly making head ways is Health. For years now there have been voices advocating the creation of a national central database of Health Records.
The Canada Health Infoway, a group sponsored by the Government of Canada, is working towards making this a reality. Check their excellent website http://www.infoway-inforoute.ca.
Once this is in place it will be easy for a patient to log on and retrieve his or her personal health records.
It’s already possible in some countries for some elderly patients or those with chronic illnesses to use “text-messaging” to access a health Care Specialist and ask for and receive advice or help.
Wireless health care – a thing of the future, you may think – is already happening in countries such as England.
Wireless devices connected to computers can constantly monitor a patient’s vital signs and report them immediately to health care professionals who can respond accordingly and efficiently in the event of an emergency.
Source: The Toronto Star http://tiny.cc/ti1HX