A new medical software, dubbed the Collaborative Online Care Pathway Investigation Tool or COCPIT, will supposedly allow physicians and health care professionals to improve health services for people with conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
Although slated to be launched by the University of Manchester on March 13 and 14 at the Healthcare Innovation Expo 2013 in London, there is no news yet regarding the said introduction of the medical software. This article will be updated as soon as more information on the said launching is released.
In the meantime, let us take a look at what we know about this software. According to a statement published last week by the University of Manchester, this computer program will be able to analyze how many patients have suffered from particular illnesses throughout a period of time. Physicians and other health care experts will then be able to use the data collated to identify those who might need treatment in the future.
The new medical software will therefore be able to provide preliminary health care for people who have already suffered from symptoms before. Many observers said that the software will allow health care professionals to provide early intervention treatments.
By providing early intervention treatments, patients will be able to save money from costly treatments that they would have needed if their illnesses were not prevented.
As part of the Greater Manchester Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care project, this software tool is said to have the ability to change the way patients are treated. It will also let medics monitor the patient’s case history and identify the problems in the health care provided.
John Ainsworth, a senior research fellow from the University of Manchester’s Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, said in the statement that the “innovative software tool” will allow health professionals to understand health care services better, as well as observe the avenues of opportunities. He added that “inconsistencies” and “inequalities” will be identified, which will then allow professionals to also define social inequalities in the healthcare system.
Technology and the Health Care System
Technology has found its way not only to the scientific and medical fields, but to the health care system as well. And this is a vital development. The health care system of so many countries in the world continues to raise challenges because of the ever-changing fabric of illnesses, diseases and the people’s lifestyles. But with projects like the COCPIT, health care professionals will have a tool that they can utilize to improve the inefficiencies of the system.
Aside from identifying potential illnesses and leading patients to better treatments, this new medical software will also allow health care professionals from around the world to access patients’ records and assess the treatments provided to them. Aside from that, physicians and health care experts can also better understand patient populations and improve patient care. In a nutshell, technology has truly raised the bar for health care practitioners to provide better and improved services.
Source: University of Manchester