Electronic health records (EHRs) have
become standard practice throughout hospitals in North America, but in
countries with fewer resources many front-line clinicians are still collecting
data on paper, if they are collecting it at all.
Moreover, the global medical community has
been more focused on infectious diseases, even though traumatic injuries
account for more deaths than HIV, tuberculosis and malaria combined, according
to Morad Hameed, MD, MPH, FACS, FRCSC, associate professor of surgery and
critical care medicine at the University of British Columbia, and a trauma
surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital.
After this eTHR study won the first-place
award for clinical research at the 2013 American College of Surgeons Committee
on Trauma meeting, peer surgeons have begun asking Dr Hameed and his team about
other uses for the iPad patient record.