The need to contain hospital operational costs, improve workflow efficiency, and to provide better access to healthcare, has led to the integration of healthcare services. In turn, integrated systems have supported the development of innovative and patient-centric delivery models such as patient-centred medical homes and care-at-a-distance solutions. A strong information system infrastructure will further facilitate affordable, accountable and integrated delivery of services along the continuum of care.
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Ongoing and imminent changes to regulatory and legislative policies pertaining to healthcare delivery, such as incentivising electronic information sharing and mandating meaningful use of patient health data, will encourage the adoption of information systems like HIE in many countries.
"These changes are likely to have far-reaching consequences for healthcare delivery, particularly in predictive diagnosis and population health management," said
One challenge to the adoption of technological frameworks is the fragmentation of the healthcare market in several countries, causing interoperability issues. Healthcare providers are also unwilling to make the high initial investment required for these systems.
Technology providers need to design systems-agnostic solutions that can be used across technology platforms in order to allay client concerns about interoperability and compatibility. Healthcare providers too must gauge and understand the value information systems bring to their practice in effecting affordable, quality service in line with patient needs.
"A fully functional, integrated healthcare system is a product of innovations in technology, management and implementation," noted Rajan. "Of these, a solid technological infrastructure, led by dynamic and interactive information systems, will be key in establishing home and integrated care systems."
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