Although we are already using ICT in many areas of our lives and in veterinary medicine, this was not always the case. A few years ago, new technologies were not yet part of the veterinarian’s daily life, but thanks to their advantages, they have become more and more relevant in clinics.
ICT refers to Information and Communication Technologies, a branch of computer science and telecommunications. It is a very broad concept, as it can include everything from management software to electronic devices such as tablets.
How ICT Can Be Applied in Veterinary Medicine?
ICT has a wide application in all sectors, but especially in veterinary medicine, as it can improve the clinic management and patient monitoring. For example, through a specialised programme, the professional can see all the vitals of an animal and access them in just a few clicks.
Futhermore, ICTs have also played an important role in universities and vocational training programmes. Thanks to their use, students can study animal anatomy through virtual or augmented reality.
Benefits of ICT for Your Veterinary Clinic
Ultimately, this type of technology is already an essential part of clinics thanks to its flexibility and speed in transmitting information. There is no doubt that veterinary professionals can take advantage of it in a variety of ways. Let’s take a closer look.
- Raise awareness of your clinic’s work: through social media, email marketing, and other digital channels, you can easily share information to take advantage of digital marketing and position your veterinary practice.
- Improve communication with customers: if you manage customer appointments through software, you can schedule emails and reminders to provide customers with the necessary information.
- Easy access to patient history: how can you keep track of each animal? Through a well-maintained database, all professionals can access each patient’s history to find out, for example, which vaccinations are required. In addition, the information will always be kept safe.
- Greater collaboration between professionals: thanks to new technologies, it is easier to collaborate with other specialised professionals, such as cardiologists. For example, at Dinbeat, we offer you the option of having a cardiologist on hand in less than 24 hours to analyse data collected by the multiparametric harness.
- Stock control: it is very likely that you have toys, animal food, medicines, etc. at your veterinary clinic. Many of these items have an expiration date or need to be replenished. Through a management programme, you can see your stock in just a few minutes or seconds.
- Telemedicine: although telemedicine does not yet play a major role in the veterinary sector, improvements in ICT are bringing us ever closer to this reality. Work is already being done on diagnostic algorithms that help in diagnostic imaging tests.
- Use of new devices: digital X-rays, wearables, electrocardiograms, etc! Thanks to computer technology, it is now much easier to analyse an animal’s health in a short time.
Better Quality and Better Health in Less Time
In short, new ICT technologies have brought about a big change in many industries, including the veterinary sector. Thanks to these advances, it is now easier to communicate with clients and obtain more data to quickly get the correct diagnosis.