Healthcare costs have been on the rise ever since the late 90’s. In fact, they have almost doubled over the last decade, especially in the USA. The Health IT sector, however, has tried to address these concerns related to cost in innovative ways. Reducing wait times, eliminating room for error and improving the quality of healthcare in general has drastically improved the affordability of care. Interoperability in healthcare has lead this change.
Here are some ways healthcare data and application interoperability can help patients by improving patient outcomes, cutting costs, and aiding value-based care.
Reduce Wait Times and Improve Quality of Care
With interoperability, patient information across several systems is available to doctors at any point in time. This makes collecting, analyzing, and processing data a breeze as opposed to sending out an email to a blood bank or a lab for related patient info, thereby reducing patient care and wait times.
A good example of a Microsoft Azure solution is the Novari ATC. It provides an efficient flow of information across systems in the OR to facilitate better surgical wait times and e-bookings of cases in real time. By reducing OR and other wait times through effective data and application interoperability, doctors and administrators are able to efficiently care for patients. This leads to a higher success rate with treatment. In short, interoperability in healthcare has a considerable positive impact on patient experience.
Eliminate Room for Duplicate Records
A study conducted at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas showed that duplicate records increased patient cost by over $1000 on average. Creating a standard access point for patient data eliminates this massive expenditure on duplicate tests, prescriptions, and reports.
A good example, is the OLIS (Ontario Laboratories Information System) system in Ontario – a province-wide central data repository that stores lab tests and other health documents that can be digitally transferred.
Dapasoft has integrated many acute care provider EHR system including Cerner, Meditech, and Epic to name a few so that lab data is easily accessible in a central repository.
Improved Patient Engagement
The increased use of mobile health apps in the past decade have given patients the chance to access their health records remotely and even communicate with their provider. This is where data standardization kicks in, to make sure that data moving from one system to another is converted and streamlined smoothly. Patient Engagement stops patients from visiting/revisiting and has show to aid the quality of care in general.
Dapasoft helped William Osler Health System (WOHS) setup their MyChart patient portal in just about 18 months by leveraging the hospital’s existing BizTalk Server. The portal saw over 18,000 patients sign-up and helped improve patient engagement and outcomes.
Interoperability in Healthcare Allows for Movement of Massive Amounts of Data
While the security of data on cloud-based systems and mobile devices is vulnerable to breaches, it allows for a large volume of data storage. A recent Cisco report showed that health data will grow nearly four folds in the next five years and that in turn becomes a task to manage manually. With interoperability, this data can be moved through various systems and platforms, which indirectly helps keep patient data segregated while allowing for massive storage.
A good example is NEODIN (Northern and Eastern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Network), a regional diagnostic image repository that allows for the storage of X-rays, MRI, CT Scans, ultrasounds and other records from over 62 hospitals in one secure central repository.