HIMSS 2018 is in full swing and one topic is taking the HIMSS social feed by storm: patient centered care. From the government to the tech community speakers and social media ambassadors alike have been focused on how to move the healthcare system out of the “Stone Age” and improve patient care through the smart application of health IT tools.
For some like Brian Eastwood, health IT analyst at Chillmark Research, improving patient care starts with continuity of care. In our digital age, as Eastwood notes, there’s no reason to treat every patient encounter as an isolated event. Once patient records become part of an EHR or EMR then each encounter is part of a continuous conversation with the patient and between providers.
For others, like Gartner’s Mandi Bishop, with most patient healthcare increasingly happening outside of healthcare orgagnizations in myriad ways from homebased devices, wearables, and telemedicine, we need to accommodate these changed workflows into patient care.
This idea of meeting the patient both where they are an giving them more control over their records is also a priority for The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). In fact, ensuring interoperability in healthcare is a priority action for all federal agencies that deliver patient care from CMS to the Deparment of Veterans Affairs. In being able to deliver care seemlessly between agencies, providers, and patients without starting from scratch with each encounter and by being able to share data within and between organizations, not only will costs be reduced, but most importnatly, lives will be saved.
Besides an EHR what other IT does a healthcare organization need to be able to deliver a 21st Century standard of care?
The ability to drive innovation in healthcare and patientcare starts with a move to the cloud. As John Halamka shared “Cloud isn’t about storage and compute. It’s about a set of emerging services that are going to empower the core…”
According to Dave Nesvisky, head of NetApp’s healthcare team, the move to the cloud will also entail next-generation data management tools so that organizations can “deliver caregivers access to real-time patient records, regardless of device or location, so they can provide exceptional, customized care.” These data management tools include All Flash Systems and data fabric to improve patient outcomes by facilitating access to patient records across healthcare organizations.
Of course, the other vital requirements that will facilitate this next-generation of patient care are information security and backup. To be able to protect data against ransomware and other threat vectors is one of the most important tasks facing healthIT teams. However protecting data from every day mistakes, like accidental deletion or administrative oversight is just as critical.
Make sure you backup all the information you’ve gathered at HIMSS 2018 by visiting Future Healthcare Today next week for recaps of the event.