The PHDSC or Public Health Development and Social Cognition is one of the important features of a doctor’s office. The system will collect patient information, including health history and physical exams, but will also store any prescriptions the doctor has written and any other information that would be helpful for the medical professional in diagnosing illnesses and treating patients.
The system works like a file drawer with patient’s chart. This drawer is divided into separate sections for all the records, the doctor has stored and a final section that stores the data for future reference. The system is able to search the database on medical terms and find information on what a person may have had to do in order to obtain a treatment or even what a patient may need in order to treat their illness. The system will also save the patient’s vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse and temperature at any time so the physician can check up on their condition at any time.
A patient’s charts are stored and managed in electronic format on the system. The data that they store can include a number of things including their prescription information, their current symptoms, family history, allergies, family physician and special needs and will allow a doctor to run reports such as lab tests, imaging tests and even prescription history and severity on the system.
The PHDSC also allows doctors to share electronic health records with other physicians. If a patient comes in complaining of back pain or if they are having difficulty in swallowing, it can be shared with a general practitioner in order to help them diagnose the problem.
The system was not always available and some people who work in the medical field may feel that electronic health records are a burden on patients. Some people feel that electronic records are easier to tamper with and the fact that they do not have a paper trail makes it much easier for an employer to find out if someone has used drugs or taken a prescription without their permission. Many people do not believe that a doctor should be able to access information about their patient in this way. Some doctors feel that using the system allows the physician to take more steps when dealing with their patients and allows the doctor to better educate the patient on his or her condition.
There are also people who feel that because electronic health records do not contain the patient’s health information in the same way that they do in a traditional paper form, it is much harder for doctors to diagnose the patient correctly. Others feel that the data contained in the electronic files can actually slow down the doctor’s ability to diagnose correctly.