Vladivostok Finds Databases Useful to Record Chronic Diseases, EMS Calls
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In Vladivostok, Russia, database software provided through AIHA's Learning Resource Center project is helping partners improve care through automating patient records.
The rheumatology department at City Hospital No. 2, for instance, has developed a Microsoft Access database to store clinical data about patients with chronic illnesses. The database can be accessed from any of eight network workstations in the department so that doctors and nurses can view and update data during the course of patient care. The hospital plans to link the rheumatology database to existing networks in the accounting and administrative departments, in order to automate patient billing and other management activities.
At the nearby emergency medical services (EMS) training center, ambulance dispatchers now enter patient data into an Access database when they receive an emergency call. Adapted from a similar patient records system used by partners in Richmond, Virginia, the Russian-language program prompts EMS communications officers to record information such as medical complaint, vital signs and severity of injury. The computer system then instructs officers on ways to provide "telephone triage" on basic life support techniques while an ambulance is sent to the scene.
"The new system is a very simple program, but it serves as the foundation to measure results of the impact we're making at the EMS training center," said center instructor Vladimir Kouznetsov.