Investing too early in trains (big data and clinical analytics) is costly and inefficient.
Fortunately, there is one significant and favorable difference between healthcare systems and railway systems: simply implementing an EHR in a single hospital can improve the quality, safety and cost-of-care for thousands of patients; next, integrating even a limited number of EHRs can dramatically expand that high-value care. Over the last decade, health ICT has undeniably been an important factor in moving the industry forward in Thailand and other ASEAN countries.
To achieve sustainable, high quality, cost-efficient healthcare, leaders must understand when and where to invest. Peter Edelstein, Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Solutions at Elsevier, gives his recommendations, followed by the winners and finalists of the 2016 HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Awards competition. And while “reform” differs depending on the city, country and region, the foundational realities driving reform are similar throughout the world: the spiraling costs of care; our aging and growing populations; and the emergence of worldwide epidemic conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.
Learning from “what is going right” and “what is going wrong” in the American reform process may allow health leaders around the world to select realistic, impactful ICT investments in 2017 and beyond. The retail, advertising, insurance, legal and travel industries are just a few examples of the dozens of economic sectors that not only collect vast quantities of customer data but utilize data analytics to identify opportunities, trends and challenges.
In 2008, the AHA began conducting a healthcare IT supplement survey which focuses on indicators that illustrate the depth and level of technology integration within hospitals.
This data has been used extensively by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the basis for a number of published articles in on electronic health record (EHR) adoption in hospitals.
In order to avoid wasting money, time and labor, it is critical that you adopt an intelligent, informed construction strategy.
So before you spend money buying a train, you should spend money, time and labor building train stations and laying down train tracks connecting those train stations.