The Importance of Medical Hotspots in EMR Software
Electronic medical records or EMR software play a vital role in managing healthcare services, specifically on patient information. Now that several threats in health and wellbeing continuously spread across the globe, such as the COVID19 pandemic, it is the role of the healthcare industry to contain these threats and heal the afflicted. One way to monitor the spread of illnesses or diseases comes in the form of heatmaps, which can help medical professionals track medical hotspots. Let us discover the importance of medical hotspots in EMR software.
What are Medical Hotspots?
In the field of infectious disease epidemiology, Justin Lessler, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, in his article titled What is a Hotspot Anyway?, defines “hotspot” as areas with a higher number of illnesses, a higher rate of transmission, or a higher possibility of said disease to reappear.
However, this broad definition has caused confusion, especially among individuals who use it in policy and practice documents. So, Lessler suggested that the word “hotspot” should be used with an appropriate modifier (as seen in the image below) so that its meaning becomes more understandable.
Thus, “transmission hotspot” or “risk hotspot” will pertain to “areas of elevated transmission efficiency or a higher risk of disease acquisition”. These are the areas with a higher rate of transmission of the disease.
Meanwhile, “emergence hotspot” will define “areas with an increased probability of disease emergence or reemergence”. As such, these areas have a higher possibility of the disease to reappear.
Lastly, “burden hotspot” should refer to “areas of elevated disease prevalence or incidence”. These are the areas with a high number of recorded illnesses.
The Importance of Medical Hotspots
Now that we have established the meaning of "hotspots," let us discuss its importance, especially in healthcare and medicine.
Because a medical hotspot is one way to monitor or track the emergence, prevalence, and transmission of diseases, it has become possible for healthcare experts to check the progress of a particular illness or disease. As a result, healthcare experts can perform the necessary actions to locate and contain the disease, especially when it is that of an infectious kind.
In the healthcare industry, medical hotspots aid physicians and other healthcare staff in determining which area a particular disease could have come from. These medical hotspots can also help in identifying which area has the highest concentration of cases. When it comes to infectious diseases, a medical hotspot can also help trace cases and regulate areas with high transmissions.
The Role of Heatmaps in EMR Software
First, what is a heatmap?
The Heatmap is one of the new features in the latest version of the PxTrack Patient Tracking Software. Through this feature, you can monitor the various medical hotspots in your area. As such, this feature allows you to view the density of various illnesses or diseases by location as presented through a map. For instance, a heatmap can show you flu hotspots, cold hotspots, dengue hotspots, and the like.
As shown above, a low concentration of cases will be shown in blue on the map. Then, when there is a high concentration of cases in an area, it will be red.
As seen above, users can also apply filters if they wish only to see one particular illness or disease. So, they can configure the heatmap only to show the areas with fever, diabetes, high blood, and the like. They can also limit the results shown on the heatmap according to region, province, city or municipality, and barangay. Then, they can also filter the dates to show the active cases during a specific period.
The example above shows where the concentration of cases of diarrhea in the Philippines are highest.
Now, how can the heatmap help the healthcare industry?
A heatmap is a valuable tool that helps display the medical hotspots in a particular area. At a glance, users can see which areas need more attention in treating certain diseases, especially infectious ones.
For instance, a user sees on the heatmap a rising case of Dengue in a particular barangay. From the heatmap, the users have also observed that the dengue cases are slowly spreading to the neighboring barangays.
From this knowledge, medical practitioners and their healthcare staff can take action to battle the rising cases of said disease. As such, they can use the data from the heatmap to help them analyze how much equipment, medications, and other tools they should purchase to treat the sick and stop further spread of the disease. They can seek assistance from the government to implement campaigns that would help disseminate awareness regarding the spreading of disease.
Additionally, because the heatmap can show the areas from which diseases emerge, healthcare professionals can check whether the location played an essential role in its emergence. Equipped with this information, they can take the necessary action to prevent future reemergence.
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