Women undergoing IVF treatment may soon follow their injections, blood tests and analyzes their BlackBerry or iPhone, in a move expected to revolutionize the way doctors treat patients.
The physicians of IVF Australia, one of the largest clinics in Sydney, will install an interactive electronic health system in about 12 months, allowing women to manage their own medical records, log test results and communicate with doctors and other patients. The decision follows a successful trial of 17 patients who used a more basic system for eight weeks – the usual length of time it takes to complete one cycle of IVF.
”It’s incredibly exciting because it allows women,”said Gavin Sacks, a fertility specialist and one of the organizers of the trial. Worldwide”IVF, our patients are already mass of users of the Internet, including chat rooms, but there is no involvement of the doctor who is a disgrace.”
The move will also allow doctors to analyze the history of a patient and answered questions based on the results of ongoing trials, even if the patient had changed clinics. The system has been described as mid-Facebook, Internet banking part, “said Enrico Coiera, Director of the Centre for Health Informatics at the University of NSW.
“We chose the IVF for the trial because it is a very demanding two months that the patients go through. They need lots of support, “said Professor Coiera. “The women used a lot to help them remember what they should do.”
One patient, who declined to be named, said the system was useful because it offers a very complex structure””processus. ”It really helped me look ahead and keep abreast of everything that needed to be done.”Test results will be presented at a symposium on e-Health at the University of NSW today.