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MS Clinicians Are Partial to an Electronic Patient Management System

January 21, 2016

A study that took place in Germany, at the University of Technology, reported on MS clinicians’ attitude towards moving to an Electronic Health (e-health) solution. The study also recorded their opinions on the requirements and the potential benefits.

The study was published in the Interactive Journal of Medical Research on January 8th, 2016.

E-Health solutions allow for instant transfer of health and clinical data information between patients and their physicians. This solution has the potential of improving and enhancing treatment for MS patients.

The research group, led by Dr. Tjalf Ziemssen, have previously developed an electronic, large-scale documentation system with standardized interfaces, known as the Multiple Sclerosis Documentation System 3D.

In this study, 90% of the clinics involved were already connected to the internet, but specialists at half of them said they preferred permanent access. Clinicians responding to the survey were, in general, very open-minded about eHealth services and stated that, among health information technology services, treatment and study documentation had the potential to benefit the most.

Most of the study participants welcomed the idea of an MS-specific electronic health record system. Existing MS-specific eHealth services were highly appreciated, but the study found that the current level of adoption was below the level of interest expressed in an extended and interconnected system of electronic documentation of MS patients.