Most Occupational Medicine companies perform periodic examinations where doctors record the data in blank paper forms. This practice represents a waste of time, because the doctor must question each patient about old episodes of work accidents and diseases that the company already knows. Employees may also omit important records. And it is known that this type of control is done against the clock, because the labor doctors have little time to review all the employees of a company. The digital clinical history would solve this problem.
The ART in Argentina and other countries are providers of Labour Insurance, covering work accidents and occupational diseases. These ART run periodical checkups of every worker, looking for work-related health problems. These companies are starting to request that the occupational medicine companies inform them in real time about the work accidents and the results of the periodic exams. This also implies to record all the data in a fast way, that both companies agree on the format and on the interconnection norms of both servers. Usually the HL7 standard is used, but this is not implemented in all the digital systems used in our environment. OpenEMR is ideal for this purpose, because it can also be used in a tablet or even a cell phone, whether the system runs in the cloud or in a local server of the company. It is required to program some simple forms for the most common events in each company, and to make an appropriate interface for the connection of the servers.
The business can expand. The ART can propose the use of this system to other occupational medicine companies. Likewise, the adopting labor medicine company can offer the interconnection of servers to other ARTs with which it works.
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The Inpatient Module manages beds, patients and stays. Load the OpenEMR system with Admin or Physician rights.
After clicking on the Patient/Client option, the new ítems appear in the bottom. In this image we show the options offered to the Administrator user:
- Inpatient options / A home page for the new options. It lists the reports that any user can run.
- New bed/ It lets you create new beds, in different areas, floors or rooms. The beds can have attributes like male/female, TV or oxygen. Other features are possible with customization,
- Assign patient bed/ Associates a patient already in the OpenEMR system to an empty bed. It records the entry date.
- Assign patient bed – Clinical/ This is a regular LBF form, which records data outside the inpatient system, like reason for the inpatient stay, the entering doctor, diagnosis and other data.
- Change patient bed/ It changes the bed, for same-day changes, without changing the stay number.
- Release patient from bed/ It finishes the stay in bed
- Edit beds/ Allows to change bed number, floor, room, área and attributes, like gender, TV or Oxygen. The only item that never changes is the Bed ID.
- Inpatient list/ Lists all the current inpatients, with associated data, including cost.
- Release list/ Lists all the already released patients, with associated data, including cost.
- Free beds/ Lists the free beds.
- Patient report/ Lists patients by name
- Area-floor report/ / Lists patients by area and floor.
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The hospitalization system covers the main data registration needs in a hospital or clinic.
The first stage is to create the beds. A bed is always inside a room, in turn within a floor and within an area. The area can be General, Emergency, Surgery, Maternity, Intensive therapy, etc. The beds can be male/female, have TV or Oxygen. Other features can be added upon request. Continue reading “Our Inpatient Module for OpenEMR”