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Equipment and Software Programs Used in Medical Offices

Physician offices are filled with special equipment. From the basic stethoscope to electronic technologies, physicians utilize equipment that has been developed and modified for their use.

A typical primary care physician office includes this equipment:

  • Examination tables
  • Exam lights
  • EKG machines
  • Scales
  • Hemoglobin machines
  • Locked cabinetry
  • Autoclave

(Moore Medical Website)

Physician offices also stock medical supplies and instruments, such as:

  • Syringes for administering injections
  • Vaccines
  • Biohazard Sharps Containers
  • Exam gowns
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Suturing materials
  • Masks and gloves for staff
  • Sterilizing solution
  • Glucometers
  • Thermometers
  • Otoscopes
  • Tongue depressors
  • Penlights
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Ear scopes
  • Tuning forks
  • Surgical Instruments such as scalpels, forceps, hemostats and needle holders

(Medix Website)

Most physicians and allied health personnel keep their own stethoscopes. (Studentdoctor.net)

More and more, physicians are turning toward automated technologies to perform routine tasks. For example, nearly all physicians now submit claims electronically. A growing number are using electronic medical records as well, replacing paper files to record notes, lab results, prescription information, and other patient information. (DHHS)

Physicians are also using electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) tools that send prescriptions to pharmacies, subscribe to treatment guideline services, and order supplies over the Web. Many of these functions are bundled into packages or integrated into existing software. (DHHS)

Laws passed in the 1990s and 2000s that require strict protection of patients’ personal health information (PHI) have been key drivers for health information technologies. The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) set out requirements to protect PHI by defining who can access information, for what purposes, and security measures. As a result, a vibrant industry has emerged to develop hardware and software packages for physicians to comply with HIPAA standards. (DHHS)

Sources:
Moore Medical Web.
Medix Corp. Web.

Studentdoctor.net

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Health Information and Privacy. Web.

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