The events of 2020 uncovered weaknesses in our systems for capturing and sharing clinical data. It’s clear we’ll need to be better prepared to address future health crises affecting the general population.
But clinical data is a broad category that encompasses the range of interactions individuals have with healthcare providers and the healthcare system: inpatient and outpatient, office and virtual, home based, and through portals and social media. Addressing all of these data capture points requires a real-time health system (RTHS)—one in which various stakeholders (patients, providers and healthcare organizations) can readily exchange medical records, lab results, medication lists and other health information.
A real-time health system needs to be interoperable to allow this information to be shared on any platform from any vendor. Toward that end, Health Level 7 International, a non-profit ANSI-accredited standards development organization dedicated to the healthcare industry, has developed Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). This is a set of standards designed to provide consistent data formats and an application-programming interface to facilitate information sharing across various health systems—payers, providers and consumers. In short, FHIR creates a common language whereby any clinical system can connect and exchange healthcare data.
What RTHS can mean for healthcare moving forward
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- Public health services will be better able to monitor the health outcomes of different groups of individuals—classified by geography, ethnicity, disability and variables—so appropriate actions can be directed toward subpopulations.
- Telehealth services will become more efficient because systems will be better equipped to continuously monitor, record and share clinical data.
- AI and predictive analytics will be applied more efficiently to uncover data patterns to improve clinical decisions and medical procedures.
aptly sums up the advantages of RTHS:
Isolated snapshots of patient health will be replaced by a holistic, 360-degree, real-time view of the patient, and the role of the patient will be elevated from bystander to fully engaged member of the care team…With health crises, apparent (like opioid abuse) or immediate (like COVID-19), the RTHS isn’t just aspirational, it’s critical.
To learn more about the future of data capture in healthcare—and what it will mean—contact an Ingram Micro DC/POS expert.