Saturday, February 18, 2012

electricity & water don't mix

in the old days, which is as recent as last month, the Xrays, ultrasound & CT scans taken at the radiology dept have to be physically transported to the wards or clinics, so that the respective doctors can view them. but a lot of things can happen to these hard-copies on the way out from the xray dept. they could be lying around in the dept while waiting for the porter to pick them up, the porters themselves could take their sweet time with these films or they could be misplaced just about anywhere else.

all of which add to the delay in which a diagnosis could be made or treatment started. even if nothing life-threatening, a patient may still have to wait hours waiting for the doctors to review the films. how inconvenient!

well, guess what? the hospital finally invested in an online system where the xray films are immediately uploaded & these can be reviewed immediately at anywhere a viewing screen is installed.

i saw one of these in the wards but it was placed just next to the wash basin.

i thought it was unintentional but the same thing was done at another ward.
you'd think that with it's team of IT-savvy staff & electrical engineers, the hospital would be advised to keep the computer & wash basin apart.

perhaps somewhere along in our education system, while we're striving to train rocket scientists (or astronauts?) & genious mathematicians, someone forgot to teach the students to use common sense.

23 comments:

pilocarpine said...

it's actually 'business'...

IT peeps capitalizing on the possibility of future cost of repairing, renewing or replacing the computer..

doc said...

ha ha, good one, Pilo!

Tempus said...

wtheck, beside a water sink? malaysians do have weird flairs on design. even the design of the zoo taiping hospital was downright wrong. you pass through surgery rooms before you enter the x-ray rom. contamination much?

sometimes, it really takes someone out of the system to see how cow-sensical the management gets.

Michelle Mak said...

oh we have this system last year in PHKL.. but patient will be charged for each film that is given to them.. tat if its only they want it.. so unfair!

doc said...

Tempus,

Pilo has just given a new perspective to this malaysian-styled debacle. someone may have something to gain from this.

when the govt changed the teaching of maths & science from BM to english, think of the millions/billions spent for laptops/books/courses. then they changed back to BM, & the whole process repeats itself.

smart, eh??

doc said...

Mich,

seriously, is there anything that's fairly charged in a private hospital??

pilocarpine said...

most of everything in life revolves around money and business is what builds up money...

Instead of fixing the current system, they're trying to 'change' to a new system of 1Care. business, again.

Mich, it is fairly charged, because you chose to be charged =) you can always go to a public hospital,instead.

Medie007 said...

waliu.... later kena water how?!

wenn said...

haha..no sense?

Anonymous said...

Doc
Common sense is NOT that common at all. He he..

wawa

doc said...

Pilo,

from what i've heard, 1Care is part of the ongoing 1Scam.

someone's going to get rich.....

doc said...

Medie,

repair or buy another one lor....!

doc said...

Wenn,

none whatsoever!

doc said...

Anonymous,

almost rare these days!

Michelle Mak said...

hahahhaa... i will quietly do some hanky panky job when i have to use some stuff so patient wont be charged... hehehe

doc said...

Mich,

just make sure no one catches you!!

Cara Lim said...

I call this "more cash than sense" - a common malaise these days.

doc said...

Cara,

like most things nowadays, the intention is a noble one, but the execution leaves a lot more to be desired.

Yvonne Foong said...

Hmmm I think UMMC already has such a computer system of viewing medical imagines already. Wah, your hospital is more outdated than UMMC?

doc said...

Yvonne,

you know la, private hospitals only exist to make money.

Yvonne Foong said...

But placing the device next to the sink is losing money! The hospital is not very wise financially. Is that why they have to keep making more money? :P

doc said...

Yvonne,

a bit like the current govt, isn't it?

Yvonne Foong said...

Hahaha!