Is the collaborative health conversation all talk?

By Nicola Booton-Mander, Revenue Marketing Manager, Healthcare Digital, GE Healthcare

Imagine a health environment where workforce shortages can be easily balanced against the demand to deliver a high standard of service; where data silos are connected to empower patient care, privacy and cybersecurity concerns; and where the installation of an IT solution helps generate insightful information leading to expected financial returns.

Healthcare institutions are facing great pressure, however practical steps can be taken to increase productivity, reduce overall cost and enhance patient care. Has your organisation considered how to streamline collaboration across its network of care teams and partners? Have you considered how your patients can become more involved during their care? Is it time to put performance analytics on the management board meeting agenda?

Introducing East Midlands Radiology (EMRAD) Consortium in the UK

  • Advanced analytics identified where out-of-hours radiology reporting could be brought inhouse, reducing the need to outsource and resulting in a cost reduction of almost 31 percent in just 10 months, saving £103k.
  • Simplified workflow, switching from manual data collection and CD burning to a streamlined cloud based solution, slashed medico-legal patient data turnaround times from 7 to 1 day driving up human workforce productivity.
  • A saving of £130k has been made in 12 months across 5 trusts, as the disuse of CDs, for medico-legal data exchange, eliminates postage costs.
  • Seamless and boundaryless examination reporting has accelerated the treatment of patients enhancing health outcomes. For example, a patient having a scan in Lincoln can be reported on by a clinician in Nottingham, 63km away. No waiting for a clinician at the physical location, no need to transfer the patient, nor order a repeat scan.

Where does the path to connected healthcare start?

Connecting people, systems and data to achieve collaboration requires a focus on interoperability. CIOs, IT teams and departmental managers need to work together and identify software and tools that not only meet their needs, but that are open, flexible and vendor neutral. These shouldn’t tie them in to one specific supplier and can be easily bolted together without a dramatic IT overhaul. IT in the healthcare environment is no longer just about functionality, the understanding of cross-enterprise interoperability is much bigger now than a straightforward approach.

Data is going to get even bigger in healthcare to meet resource, capacity and financial challenges head on. Starting the interoperability conversation today and laying practical foundations, will reap rewards for the future. Engage your stakeholders, rethink your approach and start talking.

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1 Source: IDC Digital Universe Study