Photo: AP/File PhotoPhysicians, patients, and their families who use the Internet to share and store medical documents will have a new tool available to them: a digital copy of their medical files.
Doctors and others who have medical records on paper can access them from an e-file or printout computer.
However, the digital copies are only available through an authorized printer that can handle the physical files, and the files themselves are often in fragile condition.
That means that if a physician or nurse needs to take the physical copies home and store them, the files are likely lost or destroyed.
“If a patient has lost all their physical documents, it can be a very costly problem,” says Dr. David S. Ragan, chief medical officer at ECOTANK.
“We’ve seen that a lot with our patients who have lost their medical documents, and we want to make sure that when they come to ECOTINK that they have a backup plan.”
Using ECOTOOK, patients can print out documents in a variety of ways, from printouts on a computer screen, to paper files printed from plastic sheet, to printed out by a printing press.
The ECOTOCK software is available for free online and through a variety to medical devices, and there is an accompanying medical document download application.
In addition to saving time and money, the ECOTECK software lets doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals print out any medical document they want on their computer.
They can even send those documents to patients.
“We’re offering an easy-to-use tool to anyone who needs a secure digital copy for their medical records,” Ragan says.
The ECOTICK software can be downloaded for free from ECOTanks website, or by paying a small fee.
ECOTIKER is a separate software program for the electronic files that can be used to print a printed document, such as a birth certificate or medical records.
The software does not offer any additional capabilities beyond the printing capabilities of the software, such a printer, and it has a limited number of printers and other components.
But ECOTALKER has many more features, including an ability to print documents from a large number of images, including a medical image.
“When you use the ECOTEK software to print an image, it’s like printing a photograph,” says Ragan.
“It’s a very large image that you can print.
We’re printing over 200,000 images per day, and if we have a big enough server, we can print all those images in a matter of minutes.”
As with other forms of file storage, electronic medical documents can be transferred between individuals, institutions, and corporations, and Ragan believes that the technology is well suited for this type of business.
“You can have people in your organization, you can have individuals in your hospital, you have individuals that work for your hospital or your health care system, and you can use it to send and receive medical records, and all that data is accessible from anywhere,” he says.
“There are a number of different ways that we can put the data into the cloud, and that’s where we’re going to see the benefit of this technology.”
For patients, the software can help them get to the records faster.
“If you’re on a busy day, you might be able to get an eBilling service, or you can do it on the go, and save the time to get to those documents,” says Noreen Chaudhary, chief executive of Medical Research Associates, a digital-printing company that helps medical researchers.
“You can print it from your desktop, and then print it out and send it to a patient.”
For hospitals, the e-medical documents offer a more convenient way to share documents.
“When you have a medical team, you often need to have all of the information available on a device that can print from the physical document,” Chaudhy says.
“This makes it easier to get that information to patients, even if they have to leave the office and come in for their appointment.”
Medical devices are the most common means for sharing medical information with patients, but electronic medical records could also become a major avenue for doctors to share their data with patients.
Medical devices are not the only way to digitally record a patient’s medical history.
Electronic medical records are often also used for training.
“For medical students who want to become a physician, the process is not that different than for a nurse,” says Mark E. Klima, director of medical education at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Michigan.
“They would be able go to ECOTA and access their medical information on ECOTOOL.
It’s all done through their devices.”
The University of Pennsylvania’s Health Information Technology Research Institute and the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine have partnered to create a consortium of about 20 medical devices companies that will be able use ECOTOO to create medical device training