Works for every speciality
In general practice, there is a large number of ever changing guidelines to keep track of. Since the number of types of managed medical problems is so large, any particular physician will rarely receive timely training in any particular problem he may need to handle. This calls for better methods of dissemination of new findings in the form of guidelines. These better methods must ensure that the physician is automatically made aware of new guidelines, even if he is not aware that new discoveries have been made. The only way to ensure that this effectively happens is if the physician uses the guidelines as his primary tool, not as an optional add-on, and the only way this can be done in a generalized way is with iotaMed.
Specialists have a smaller range of managed problems, and have it easier to stay up to date on the evolution of the science behind the management. However, even in the most routine treatments, checklists have proven to greatly reduce mistakes (see Atul Gawande, “The Checklist Manifesto”). iotaMed is a more flexible and advanced form of checklist, and fills that function for any speciality.
Residents in training
Specialists in training are not as proficient in routine handling of medical problems and usually need guidance with easy to locate lists. iotaMed really shines here, since as soon as you have located the right guideline (issue template), then you’re already on your way to document and treat the patient. Creating the medical record and using the guideline is one and the same in iotaMed, making it hard to make mistakes in going from guidelines to action and documentation. As soon as the guidelines change in the department, the residents automatically get alerts for worksheets already in use, or automatically get the most recent guideline for new patients.
Paramedicals, such as physiotherapists and nurses, also use guidelines both for creating a clinical status of a patient or particular problems, and for managing therapies. Having these statuses structured according to a flexible guideline makes their work much simpler and more secure. Guidelines for paramedicals can also be designed by referring physicians and then exported from the physician’s part of the records to the paramedical. The paramedical can also return a special part of the guideline with reports and requests to the physician, so that the paramedical’s results form feedback directly into the medical record.