Digital information systems make clinical decisions safer (CDSS)
Can physicians really know everything there is to know in their specific field? The answer, even from physicians themselves, is a clear, resounding "no". Every year, there are over 500,000 scientific publications with important information regarding the “state of the art” treatment of patients. These medical advancements can be made available during the course of treatment using digital knowledge databases.
American physicians face their most difficult challenge over the last 50 years due to two important changes to the health care sector. ifa systems AG will profit from it in the long run, but for the time being, the workload of ifa's US Team will increase dramatically.
DICOM: The Fine Art of Image Management in Medicine
Images are becoming ever more important in ophthalmological diagnosis. Here integration of the differing IT systems plays an important role. Systems and devices are only compatible because of the international standard: DICOM. Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine (DICOM) for instance determines interfaces between PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication Systems) and EMR (Electronic Medical Record) applications . The DICOM standard has been promoted and used by the ifa Group since 1997. ifa was a founding member of WG-9, a special working group for ophthalmology, in which it has represented the industry for many years.
The EUREQUO project is the largest Health IT project in international ophthalmology. Its exclusive provider is the ifa Group (ifa systems AG and Integration AG), having signed a long-term agreement mid-2013 up to 2017 with the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS).
What are the reason for the boom of EMR systems in ophthalmology?
Health IT and especially Electronic Medical Records are booming in ophthalmology. The ifa team is often asked what the benefit and ROI (Return on Investment) of a professional EMR system for an eye clinic is. The answer is very easy: With the right EMR system between 3,90 € and 4,60 € can be saved per patient visit!