What are the key elements of an interoperable health system?
Patients get in charge of their own health records. By taking a more interactive role on their healthcare, information and interactions emanate from them.
Easily management of urgent situations. Patients should have access to their health record and doctors on the other hand, can have the whole picture of patient’s condition even if they are not familiar with them.
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Better access to patient
Patient’s medical information may become fragmented, making it difficult for one provider to access information originally documented by another. Connecting data and doctors across care providers and intermediates
(hospitals, private physicians, e-prescriptions) provides higher quality and safer care.
Improved healthcare for the chronically ill
Chronic illnesses require easy access to medical records. It is crucial for interoperable systems to allow immediate access to medical records documented by different clinicians in order to improve and quicken treatment for the chronically ill.
Each application has its own data sources. Information management throughout different healthcare systems entails collaboration, transferability and integration. Interoperability lets healthcare providers access and integrate the information regardless of which system the data is stored in.
When people communicate and share information, we all benefit. Sharing and analyzing health data in new ways (in an anonymized manner and within the security/privacy boundaries) will help us to prevent or predict different situations and create value added services.
Decrease medical costs
While doctors and patients have access to patient’s health records when they need it, they will avoid unnecessary appointments or lab tests and eliminate double tests.
Improve care delivery by promoting coordination and integration, with a priority on prevention and wellness. Instead of spending money to medications and remedies, spending them on wellness and preventive checkups.