Medical hashes please

01Feb07

I’m undergoing a somewhat involved medical investigation, and it’s starting to annoy me the ammount of repetition involved. The doctor first spends a few minutes typing out the description of a detailed blood exam. At the lab, the receptionist spends another ten minutes typing out the exam description for their system. Medication is about as complex as well — I get prescribed a list of substances to be manipulated, and I have to dictate them over the phone to get price quotes. This whole process is slow and error-prone

With all the medical ontology research out there, why can’t there be an universal “medical hash” format where I can read out loud a compact alphanumeric hash that will likely not validate if one number or letter gets misunderstood? That would decrease the probability of errors and save me, the doctor, the labs and the pharmacy a lot of time.

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