The health secretary may have ditched his flagship pledge to create a paperless NHS by next year, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a need for a paperless system in place in the struggling health sector.
We all know the incredible benefits paperless processes can bring. And the struggling NHS is often looked at as one of the sectors that can benefit the most from the cost and time savings embracing the digital age brings. However as much as the active NHS can profit from paperless processes, grabbing hold of modern processes behind the scenes can also go a long way.
Medical research and clinical trials are at the heart of the health sector. Without this invaluable research, it would be impossible for medical professionals to do the majority of their jobs. So how can digitalisation help this process become more streamlined and effective to help professionals find answers and even cures to some of the world’s most debilitating and fatal diseases?
Digitalisation can help to accelerate all phases of clinical research and data gathering process
In a world where we are making more breakthroughs than ever before, a system needs to be in place to document these often life-saving bits of research. And often, the faster we can get this documented, the quicker lives can start to be saved. Information can be passed to medical experts in an instant, while the outcomes of trials can also be documented and sent for analysis at the touch of a button.
Operating a paperless system helps to minimise staff cost and the time spent entering data from paper forms
There’s no denying that research – particularly medical research – is expensive. Although in order to be effective, corners cannot be cut, there are ways processes can be cheaper. And paperless systems should be at the heart of that. It’s been well-documented that paperless systems minimise wasted time and staff cost, so why shouldn’t this be implemented in medical research?
Computers help to eliminate manual data mistakes and improve accuracy to 99.99%
The need for accuracy in the medical field cannot be underestimated. However in such a busy area, this can be hard to guarantee – unless the switch to digital procedures is adopted that is. It’s been proven that computers help to improve accuracy universally, but in the medical field, they eliminate the manual data errors, resulting in improved accuracy of 99.9%.
Despite the undeniable benefits paperless processes can bring and the numerous lives it can help to save, it’s still widely acknowledged that clinical development and medical research is still largely a paper-driven process. But it doesn’t have to be.
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