What is this Exchange of Information in healthcare app data standards?
Let us understand how a patient’s health record has to deal with various healthcare departments and several stakeholders during his medical treatment.
In a hospital, a patient is undertaking a treatment under two specialist doctors, who visit him at different times in a day. He is constantly taken care of by two medical assistants (nurses) one of which is always by his side.
Now, while Shift-time changes, one nurse hands-over the patient’s day records, improvements, and medications to the other one. And similarly, the next morning, the data is handed back to the first nurse.
Often patient’s reports have to be accessed by and through the hospital laboratory and pharmacy.
While one doctor visits the patient, he notes some changes in his prescription and daily report and that report is passed over the second specialist when he comes to visit the patient.
Post-treatment, the patient consults other clinics, physiotherapists, and local pharmacies where there’s again a chance of data-redundancy.
This way the critical data of the patient is moving on casually amongst different departments in the same hospital, that too handwritten.
Hand-written data is highly prone to mistakes and errors. Can you imagine what major emergencies can arise due to such casual conduct?
Manual systems and processes are unable to efficiently cope with the changes in demand of healthcare but to automate these processes all stakeholders need to communicate with the same standards and data so they can identify and share product information accurately and quickly.
Thus, emerged the Electronic Healthcare Record EHR data system which now records each and every single piece of patient’s information on digital systems. This makes the data less prone to human errors.
Apart from this, there still hovers the risk to data redundancy as the patient’s records are transferred to various departments and thus amongst several stakeholders of medical products. Hence came in the concept of ‘Interoperability’ in healthcare app data standards.