Our health care industry has evolved dramatically over the past few decades. It is definitely not the same as it was 50 years ago. As the IT industry progressed it was quickly adopted by physician widely.
Our health care industry is flooded with data and it keeps on adding with the advancement in industry. With so much information gathered most of it gets unnoticed. Health care professionals need relevant data more quickly which helps the health care professional in day to day decision making. Be it evidence base practice, patient history or a similar past case health care professional need it ASAP.
Today our lives are surrounded by technology and electronic devices. With just one click we can access information of whole world. Health system has also been digitalized in the past decade. New systems have been introduced into the health care to enhance the efficiency and efficacy of the health industry. The most noted system is EMR electronic medical records. So far it is considered the best system software as it consists of previous and present medical history of the patient with accurate notes that can be accessed anywhere in the world, but there are some characteristics that make doctors absolutely hate it.
The ever-growing health information generated by providers and physicians is managed by health information (HIT) systems. Health information technologies have revolutionized our health care systems. Software such as EHR (electronic health records) have introduced a new dimension in our health industry. We tend to see a lot of buzz around technologies and trends. There are many different types of HIT systems ranging from the development of administrative systems containing patient’s history, details and appointments to systems that support and manage different diagnoses like CPOE.
With the advancement in health care systems, the world is shifting towards better, faster and sustainable technologies. Health care systems are inclined towards a decrease in mortality rate, numerous errors have been reported by health care professionals in past due to misdiagnoses or by prescribing wrong medications. Of course, physicians/prescribers are human, and errors can be made when they must go through multiple steps for patients, including: • Prescribe • Transcribe • Administer • Monitor
Healthcare is evolving with digitization, where it tries to improve the quaility of care, reduce costs and financial burden, the volume of available structured and unstrcutured data has grown exponentially (1). Because of the sheer volume, variety and speed of data sharing, managers in the healthcare industry are facing two main problems: storage and data analysis (2).
To mitigate the aforementioned issues, cloud computing and cloud-based analytics could be of use. Pointing out four potential key benefits of cloud-based technology for healthcare: improving quality of patient care, patient engagement, clinical research and clinical operations (3).
Canada Infoway is one of the big health informatics mover in Canada. They have a set of interoperability solutions for developers to enhance electronic health records (EHR) and user interfaces to improve sending and receiving standard-bases interoperability messages.(1) Very briefly, they are as follows:
Data standards are the agreement on the representation and formatting of data to be consistent across different systems. Interoperability is the ability for systems to communicate and exchange information to each other from anywhere and anytime;(1) on demand and in real-time; interoperability will be achieved when there are standards implemented and followed.
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Many people might not of heard of the term KPI or key performance indicators. KPIs are very popular in the business world, but are they known or used in health care? Most importantly, are they reliable?