ese monolithic hospital systems can't share data with one another and as a result, health information is held hostage within that system, which is often specific to a single department within the hospital," Viskovich says. "Inefficiencies run from needing to enter data multiple times, backlogs of data entry increasing the length of time to obtain test results and security and privacy issues. The issue of interoperability must be addressed before a complete health record can be created."
Interoperability is the integration of disparate data across an organization or region to provide a complete picture of a patient's medical record. Orion Health has proven experience with the
framework, technology, solution and methods to overcome interoperability challenges.
This best practice approach has enabled Orion Health to implement EHR solutions quickly, yet still provide a solution that can be extended to meet the demands and complexities of current and future health IT needs.
"Canada's provinces, like Alberta, have been able to make fantastic headway toward a pan-Canadian EHR by focusing on interoperability. Orion Health technology is integrating data across many of these provinces and providing healthcare professionals with the ability to access comprehensive patient data for improved diagnosis in a secure way."
Viskovich cautions organizations to think long term in their ehealth investments and ensure programs are sustainable and able to support strategic goals for maintaining and improving the population's health.
"The rush to implement systems should be tempered with the need to ensure a strategic framework for health records and systems that support the long-term goals of managing issues like chronic disease, immunizations and how data is tracked in general," Viskovich says.
Lynne Dunbrack, Program Director, Health Industry Insights, an
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