It is true to say that the future of medicine depends on those who are currently studying it. The medical professionals of tomorrow are still being moulded into the life-saving people they will become and they have a great deal of innovation to bring to the table. Medicine is a field that is constantly changing as new techniques, procedures and medications are discovered and invented.
Recent research has revealed that 96% of current medical students believe that optimum patient care can only be achieved when patient information is easily shared between doctors. The study, which was conducted by EHR Intelligence, aimed to discover how the next generation of practitioners will continue the evolution of medicine. 1000 existing medical students took part in the study which raised several questions about the challenges they will face. 44% of those who participated stated that they felt medical institutions are at this time not effectively recording patient information. The same number also believed that patient information it is not being shared in the most efficient way. In addition, 87% of those who took part believe that a universal patient record should exist so that 100% of a patients information is in the same place.
As patient records continue to become increasingly digital, the conversation as to how future doctors will adapt to new systems is ongoing. In order to prevent any complications or unnecessary errors, the American Medical Association announced in June of this year that all students will have to undergo relevant training. This means that they will be fully prepared for electronic records and will know how to find all of the information they need when dealing with a patient. It is the hope that this will eradicate mistakes and give every doctor all of the information that they need to do their job correctly. It is believed that this new policy will improve how students are prepared for the very difficult careers they have ahead of them. One of the ways in which they will do this is by undertaking a period of work experience in an institute that utilises electronic health records. This way the students can get genuine hands on experience.
As the way medicine is practiced continues to evolve it is important that those who are currently being educated are kept up to speed with developments. Any gap that comes to exist between what is being practiced and what is being taught can only lead to negative outcomes in the future.