Why should we write doctor recommendations?

During my conversations about Savetime with my family, relatives or friends following few questions often come up. “Why should I write a recommendation?”, “What will change by writing recommendation?”, “The visit to the doctor was just normal what is there to write about?”

However on the contrary, we tend to believe what people say and want to get feedback from them first, rather than trying something new on our own. Especially when it comes to medical issues we are even more cautious. For example while visiting a doctor, we usually go to a doctor because a friend of mine said he is good doctor or my uncle told me about his good reputation. Our mind is relatively at ease while visiting a doctor through a reference of an uncle, a relative, a friend or even a stranger. So doctor recommendations are very important for all of us.

In below points I deal with the “Why” part. We all should write doctor recommendations and here are a few reasons:

1)      Recommendations builds trust

In a city like Pune, we have many migrants for education and business. Many a times we have the need of a doctor and we want to find the ‘good doctor’ or the most trusted doctor. At such time when you are new to a City and have no one to consult too, the experiences shared by other people play a very important role in choosing the right doctor and it builds trust between the doctor and the patient even before the patient walks in the clinic.

2)    We learn more about our regular doctors

As mostly our first appointment with a doctor is a result of some known or unknown experience and maybe for a different ailment; recommendations by others provide us a good way to know about the doctor we have already been going to. We might not know about other specialties of that doctor and other procedure that the doctor undertakes. Other people can help us understand our regular doctors better.

3)    We get to know about new doctors

There is a very good saying “A bad remedy for a disease is far worse than the disease

You might be a local or a migrant in a City like Pune and need to visit a specialist that your family physician suggested you. In this technologically advanced age you do not need to get stuck with one doctor or the referred doctor. You can find other similar specialists in your area and can read through recommendation of other fellow patients. You might end up going to a new doctor after going through those recommendations and might get well sooner and have to spend less.

4)    Brings Doctor and Patient closer

Doctors generally like to maintain good contacts with their patients as they also learn from our recovery cycle. One of the way to maintain the contacts is replying to patients’ views. Sometimes they explain why a medicine was prescribed and sometimes it’s a simple expression of gratitude from them. This helps to build  a social bonding with doctor. Such bonding is always useful while getting a good advice, consultations at odd time or discounts on treatments.

5)    Helps building the patient community

Giving back to the community is an obligation that we must fulfill. There are times when you are looking for a good pediatrician in town for your kid’s vaccination, other time you were looking for an orthopedist nearby for your old parents who can’t travel long distance. At such times community helped you in choosing the right doctor. As a goodwill gesture we should also contribute to the community. Our experience with the doctors might be helpful for fellow parents who are equally scared in taking their 2 year old kid to a new doctor, it might save someone from an unprofessional doctor or might help in many other ways. This builds a patient community where patients are well informed to take the right decision and this could foster a very good relationship between patients and doctors.

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So don’t delay any further log onto www.savetime.com and share your experiences with all the doctors you have been to and read from the thousands of review already shared by the patient community. And if you still have any other questions, feel free to leave a comment.

Swapnil Potdar, savetime.com.Swapnil is self-motivated and loves challenges. He is always eager to keep track of technology trends in the world. He likes to asks tons of questions, enjoys meeting new people and learning new things. He is currently working with our Android team. He is an Engineering graduate in IT from MIT, Pune. Savetime.com is the beginning of his passionate journey to make a difference in the world. Facebook, board puzzles and sci-fi thriller books take up rest of his time.

Impact on healthcare practice by the use of eRx.

A July 2006 report from National Academics of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM), says “Doctors’ sloppy handwritten prescription kills more than 7,000 people annually and also preventable medication mistakes injure more than 1.5 million Americans annually.”

If that’s the case in a developed country, imagine the state of medical prescriptions in India where medical awareness is scarce, especially in rural India.

To address the situation and give a push for electronic medical records, healthcare companies and technology firms have launched a program to enable all doctors in U.S. to write electronic prescription (eRx).

eRx in India though not completely new, still is not adapted and is a rarely used practice. Though many undisputed advantages can be gained by using eRx, i.e. check for potentially harmful drug interactions and ensure that pharmacies provide appropriate medications and doses. “Thousands of people are dying, and we’ve been talking about these problems for ages”, says Mitesh Bohra CEO, savetime.com, who has initiated a project in Pune to digitize all doctor information and create ability for a doctor to write prescriptions on a tablet computer. “Today we have the technology to change the way healthcare is practiced in India, so why aren’t we doing it?”, he asks.

Doctor with a Digital Tablet Prescription PadOne of the biggest reasons why it is not in practice yet is because of ignorance and hence doctors haven’t invested in this needed technology. When people become aware of the worldwide fact and use technology the same way as in other sectors, healthcare for sure will be revolutionized.

Focusing on the bright side of this technology- that the patients would not have to struggle in understanding their own prescriptions and also they get it in digital format so their medical history can also be stored.

Automation should eliminate many of the errors that occur when a pharmacist misunderstands or misrecords medication names or dosages, conveyed messily on paper or hurriedly over the phone. For example: a spoken request of Celebrex can be mistaken for Celexa, or a notation requesting 150 milligrams of a drug might be read as 1500mg. In electronic systems, drugs and dosages are selected from menus to prevent input errors, and pharmacists don’t need to re-enter information.

Let’s hope that eRx turns out to be the default practice in coming years and  efforts made by healthcare IT companies such as Savetime help save thousands of lives caused by misinterpretations made by improperly written prescription.

Shashank Rathore

Shashank loves to try out new and different things. His adventurous spirit led him to Savetime where he works on UI/UX and is enjoying the challenges that comes with it thoroughly. Highly motivated and a confident soul, Shashank dreams to be an entreprenuer himself. Listening to songs and high quality of friendship keeps him striving for excellence.