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Indian American opens e-medical centre

An Indian American doctor has opened a new state-of-the-art paperless medical centre in Maryland equipped with the latest technologies.

world Updated: Jul 26, 2007 11:51 IST

An Indian American doctor has opened a new state-of-the-art paperless medical centre in Maryland equipped with the latest technologies.

Desai Medical Centre, which opened July 20 in Ellicott City, is the vision of Kartik J Desai, who has been in the medical profession for more than 20 years.

"In my years of working at different hospitals, I realised that many errors can be prevented and patient care can be expeditiously and drastically improved by introducing certain technologies," said Desai.

"I wanted my practice to help modernise medicine and ultimately make the patient's life easier."

Desai has roped in another Indian American doctor, Smita A Patel. She has over 25 years of experience in ambulatory primary care, emergency care and routine medical conditions.

The new centre uses electronic medical records (EMR) and digital X-Ray to enhance and expedite patient care.

Patients can also benefit from the use of ePrescriptions, a service that sends prescriptions to the pharmacy digitally. This means patients no longer have to worry about waiting in line for their prescriptions to be filled. It also limits error and expedites the process.

The eLab is an attractive feature of the medical centre where lab requests and lab results fly through the electronic system in a secure web environment for quick patient management, a press statement said.

The centre is designed with the comfort and care of the patient in mind. Even while sitting in the waiting room, the patient is entertained by a 50 inch plasma television.

Desai has extensive experience in out-patient and in-patient medical practice, treating patients with primary medical conditions, including hypertension and coronary artery diseases.

Desai was a chief resident during his internal medicine residency in New York City. He worked as chief hospitalist at Upper Chesapeake Health (covering two major hospitals) in Maryland.

He is also an active member of American Medical Association (AMA), American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and American College of Physicians (ACP).

By logging on to the centre's website, patients can make an appointment, get a referral, prescription, ask a nurse or doctor, fill out their medical history from the comfort of their home or office.

They can even view their medical records online through a secure web portal from anywhere in the world if required. Patients have help round the clock so they do not have to wait for the office to open. A patient's medical record is available for dispatch electronically at the click of a button in case of an emergency.