Tuesday, 29 July 2014 Sydney
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The challenges faced by healthcare providers::

Today, better-informed consumers require greater control over the care they want, where they get it, and how much they are prepared to pay for it. The trend is away from institutionalised care in hospitals to community-based care at a lower cost.

Effective care in the community demands information. Improved information management for coordinated care across the community is now a key driver of healthcare reform. Digitisation of patient’s information can facilitate that process and ensure the smooth flow of data. The advent of Electronic Health Record (HER) is enabling the breakdown of traditional provider-centric system where patients visited their local hospital or clinic for most of their needs.

To truly achieve the key objective of electronically sharing healthcare information to deliver seamless care for citizens, there are a few hurdles to overcome. Globally, healthcare networks are lacking the integration, automation and interoperability required to achieve this.

The bitter reality confronting politicians, patients and medical practitioners, is that the cost of healthcare in all of the world’s major economies is growing at an unsustainable rate. Many healthcare organisations are largely dependent on the disparate IT systems currently installed and many are still burdened with archaic paper-based processes. As a consequence, medical errors arise, operational costs increase and the quality of care is compromised.

Organisations face a number of common challenges when it comes to providing unified communication and information services which support collaboration across multi disciplinary care teams. For example, organisations increasingly have to deploy software solutions that offer deep and rich clinical functionality whilst at the same time supporting comprehensive administrative and managerial activities.

Furthermore, there is a need to provide business continuity, support clinical innovation as well as minimise resources and budgets typically associated with the management of legacy systems.

Interoperability of healthcare IT systems and the progression towards collaborative care is key to improving the quality, efficiency and safety of patient information exchange among healthcare professionals. Clinicians will be empowered to provide quicker treatment decisions supported by evidence-based medicine; patients will enjoy a faster, insightful and accurate diagnosis and everyone will benefit from a positive impact on costs.

 

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