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The critical roles of Doctors in an Era of Digital Health

Written by : Arun Ramalingam

April 20, 2023

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In the grand scheme of Digital Health, what role do doctors play?


In today's world, digital health systems have become an essential part of healthcare delivery, and their adoption has increased exponentially in recent years. These digital health systems enable healthcare providers to manage patient information, coordinate care, and improve the quality of care. However, despite their numerous benefits, digital health systems can be complicated and overwhelming for patients and healthcare providers alike. This is where doctors play a critical role in digital health systems.

Trust and care

Firstly, doctors are responsible for patient care, and they must have the necessary skills and expertise to manage digital health systems effectively. Doctors can use these systems to access critical patient data and make informed decisions about patient care. By leveraging digital health systems, doctors can improve patient outcomes by ensuring that patients receive the appropriate care and treatment. This can only be achieved if they are given the right training to navigate the complexity of such tools.

Doctors can play a crucial role in ensuring patient safety when using digital health systems. Digital health systems can pose a potential risk to patient safety, as errors in data input or data interpretation can lead to incorrect diagnoses and treatment. Doctors have a thorough understanding of patient safety and can guide patients and other healthcare providers to use digital health systems safely. In accordance with this certain policies, rules, and guidelines must be kept in place to ensure that there is a safety net in the event that something goes wrong.

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Communication and patient engagement

Doctors can use digital health systems to improve patient engagement. By providing patients with access to their medical records, doctors can empower patients to take an active role in managing their health. Patients can use digital health systems to track their health status, monitor medication usage, and communicate with their healthcare providers.

Doctors can use digital health systems to improve communication and collaboration among healthcare providers. Digital health systems can facilitate the sharing of patient information among healthcare providers, reducing the risk of errors and improving patient care. Doctors can use digital health systems to collaborate with other healthcare providers, share information, and coordinate care.

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Playing a crucial role in Digital Health

In conclusion, doctors play a critical role in digital health deployments. They have the necessary skills and expertise to manage digital health systems effectively, ensuring that patients receive the appropriate care and treatment. Doctors can also ensure patient safety, improve patient engagement, and facilitate communication and collaboration among healthcare providers. With their involvement, digital health systems can become an essential tool for improving healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.


About Chime India

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving senior digital health leaders. CHIME includes more than 5,000 members in 56 countries and two US territories and partners with over 150 healthcare IT businesses and professional services firms. CHIME enables its members and business partners to collaborate, exchange ideas, develop professionally and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care throughout the communities they serve. CHIME's members are chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs), and other senior healthcare leaders. The CHIME India Chapter became the first international chapter outside North America in 2016 and is now a community of over 70+ members in India. For more information, please visit www.chimecentral.org

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