As early as during your undergraduate years, owning a portable computer is already a necessity. When you continue to medical school, you will find that most schools require laptops. Then towards clerkship and your final years studying medicine, portable devices such as iPhones become your new best friend. At first you may think that it couldn’t be that important to get a portable computer, but here are some things that may change your mind:
- Portable computers offer access to online resources anywhere you are. Doctors are knowledgeable in areas related to their field, but some new information may be available online. Wouldn’t you, as an expert, want to know the latest development in the field you are in? Besides, doctors completing their residency will find portable computers really helpful in remembering terminologies they still have not gotten used to.
- Portable computers help store patient information, medical history, billing information, and prescriptions. No matter how devoted a doctor you are, it will still be hard to remember every bit of detail about a certain patient. Thanks to portable computers, you can store patient information in a database that you can access any time of the day. This same database can store the prescribed medications for a patient as well as medications that should not be prescribed because of allergies and complications. It will certainly make things easier for you to safeguard the health of your patients.
- Portable computers can help in the operating room. Even though it still isn’t common, operating using the aid of computers already exists. Laparoscopic surgery aided by virtual reality makes things easier for a surgeon. A surgeon can also practice on a virtual model of the patient before the actual operation to minimize errors.
- You can check your schedule and contacts anywhere you are. What if you needed to contact a colleague regarding a patient that has been referred to you? Portable computers can make communication very easy. Laptops have applications that store contact details of everyone you know.
The medical field is an ever-changing, ever advancing field. Along with the advancements in drug production, medical methods, and operation procedures, people are protected from more diseases and illnesses. It’s only right that the advancement involves the addition of portable computers and handheld devices. After all, these things have been designed to make things more convenient for the user which, in this case, is the medical practitioner.