A new operating system for healthcare
However, considerably better integration is coming in the not-too-distant future, Sutariya says. And when it does, managing today’s health information will seem as antiquated as sending a telegram. “Cloud infrastructure that becomes ubiquitous will unlock this potential,” Sutariya says. “If you choose to share your data, your doctor will know your steps and your stress level from the apps you use, and the smart pill packs will be able to record whether you are taking your medication. If you have chest pain, the paramedics will be able to access your records in the ambulance and they will exchange the history of pre-hospital interventions with the receiving hospital. The ER doctor will already organize your treatment because he knows your complete risk profile and he will take you directly to the catheterization laboratory.
A new understanding of the power of connected health data could spark this change. In the United States, for example, the historically decentralized nature of healthcare has been a barrier, but recent legislation mandating EHR master data interoperability and asserting patient ownership of their healthcare data is a game-changer. .
“These two provisions have started a movement that I believe is unstoppable,” says Sutariya. “It’s already a game-changer, because the law says providers must share that data wherever the patient, who owns the data, tells them to share it.” After a long period of regulation, these provisions came into force at the end of 2022.
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