Tuesday, April 5, 2011

HealthCare Ignorance & Disconnected Health Information Systems!

HealthCare ignorance to the roots and HealthCare insufficiency in the world causing indefinite tribulations to the human kind, and disconnected healthcare systems fabricate health information islands due to unavailability of Patient Medical Records when it is needed.

Scarcity of doctors in the close vicinities has bounced difficulties to access proper healthcare on time and the disconnection of systems has colonized inability to get adequate healthcare service for survival.

Unavailability of global collaboration platform for doctors and absence of centralized Electronic Medical Records (EMR) for consumers have created gaps amongst consumers and healthcare providers to achieve precise diagnosis. Every year more than million people die across the world due to lack of sufficient healthcare access, however doctor always demand individual & family health history for precise health problem diagnosis, but unfortunately they have to rely upon patient’s memory.

Over the past few years, a variety of technologies have been deployed in an attempt to channel information and make it more usable in the healthcare establishment management. However, these initiatives have rarely achieved their goals in building “healthcare ecosystem” and facilitating desired “point of care”.

Despite of all the technological advancement made by human curiosity, Telemedicine is still a challenge for remote and primitive areas. Every human species has fundamental rights to receive healthcare support and comfort but Healthcare is often overshadowed by the appeal of cutting-edge technologies, gizmos and gadgets.

Each generation demands to bear better health and live longer but regardless of exponential advancement in the healthcare space globally, the human aspect of leveraging and delivering information technology for patient care is not sufficient even today.

Healthcare universe is “ever-evolving” continuum of care in the clinical chain and suppliers typically have developed strategies only for the individual healthcare facilities. In order to integrate the healthcare information, a consumer oriented state-of- art solution; there is a need of global ecosystem for healthcare fraternity, which can enable consumers to maintain their medical records and doctors to provide omnipresence healthcare across the globe by increasing precision in patient health problem diagnosis.

Advanced Technology innovations are expected to break shackles of conventional healthcare systems, those operating in silos and also redefine global healthcare system to facilitate healthcare problems solution through a powerful, flexible and yet easy-to-use health information system targeting point-of-care, decision support and research uses.

Studies have repeatedly proven that paper medical records are costly, cumbersome, easily misplaced and very difficult for any meaningful decision analysis. Compared to paper records, utilizing an Electronic Medical Record system is a rapid and efficient method to preserve critical medical information. Health information "mining" analysis is needed by healthcare providers alike to improve and fine-tune clinical practices.

In a world in which economies are globally interdependent and the productivity of nations relies on the health of its citizens, the sustainability of the world’s health systems is a national competitive issue and a global economic imperative. Now human approaching to manifold advance generation and getting new physicians with new paradigm with different fundamentals, although specialists and specialized care are available globally but at times are not approachable due to geographical boundaries and individual capacity.

It is time to look globally for healthcare endeavors as local solutions are dangerously provincial and, xenophobic in extreme cases. Moreover, there is a moral obligation to create a global sustainable healthcare system.