In between the current hot discussion about the part technology plays in revolutionizing Canadian healthcare, a new report puts light on a major issue being faced by the Canadian system – interoperability. Healthcare interoperability was recognized way before as a crucial issue creating hindrance for international health systems from overthrowing fragmentation of care delivery and thus leading to greater diseases and poor health outcomes.
Particularly, interoperability is explained by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) as the capability of various information systems, devices or applications to connect, alternate and mutually use data amongst stakeholders, to advance and amend the health of everyone in the population.
The document, labeled The Health of Interoperability in Canada, was authorized by Orion Health and administered by MAVERICK and Angus Reid – with computerized health experts given by Orion Health. It requires the pulse of Canada’s leading digital health specialists on attaining a widespread health system and give details on the advancements made and also about the problems they face.
More competent and productive care and upgraded patient safety
The analysis found 2 important gains attained today by using healthcare interoperability are efficient and sufficient care (60%) and upgraded patient safety (52%). Upgraded precision of medication information is next in the line (46%) lead by decreased duplication of lab tests (41%); decreased copying of radiology tests (34%); and reduced copying of medication prescriptions (32%).
According to Dr. Chris Hobson, a family surgeon and Chief Medical Officer at Orion Health said, while the healthcare system of Canada is ready to bring a lot of modernization and changes in genomics, AI and Big Data, the most demanded innovation required is still the power to disintegrate information silos while saving current major investments made by different laws.