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Tearing down Those Hospital Walls: Electronic Health Records 2.0

Often in my working day I’m challenged to explain and defend technology’s relentless progress in medicine. Many healthcare and life sciences practitioners and managers say they feel threatened by digitalization – it’s complicated and even overwhelming, and there’s just too much at stake.

The thinking goes like this: While it’s clear that digital transformation can help consumers to purchase a book, order a cab, or secure some cheap holiday accommodation, the fit is less obvious for doctors and patients.

In fact, there are infinite opportunities. Clinicians and healthcare executives can benefit enormously in their day-to-day work. A digitalized healthcare world will enable core competencies and information-based decision making while eliminating tedious, tangential tasks. These gains will positively impact patients in general, particularly anyone at risk or suffering from chronic disease.

The changes being driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, cognitive analytics, cloud services, and other technology accelerators will be especially helpful. For example, digital transformation will enable vulnerable and high-cost patients to receive treatment in their own homes, in a familiar environment close to family and friends, and engage with medical care on their own terms.

What we are seeing, in effect, is that technology is tearing down traditional hospital walls and opening up the healthcare and life sciences arena to everyone. There’s been one big shift already: from electronic medical records (EMRs), which were always hospital-centric, to electronic health records (EHRs) which are deliberately patient-centric. The next developmental stage has been called EHR 2.0, an information-sharing ecosystem in which everyone can participate and interact – care recipients and all care givers (from any hospital, clinic, community care center, acute care facility and more).

Why open information management is the next stage of digital transformation

To enable this brave new inclusive and interconnected world requires an open information management platform. My organization has pioneered a solution called Lorenzo, and I’ll be happy to tell you a bit more about it. You can add this collaboration platform to your current technology investments and you can customize it according to your professional needs and any country-specific requirements.

By removing the hospital walls, you can make huge operational and technical gains. A cross-sectorial approach at last becomes feasible, and so does genuine evidence-based medicine. I’ll be referring to each of these topics in future blogs – if you’d like to know more, please click to follow me on LinkedIn. Also, I would value your comments and feedback on this blog so I know how digital transformation looks from your current perspective.

This blog post is the first in a four-part series “Electronic Health Records 2.0” that explores the digital transformation in healthcare and life sciences Industry.

Bodo Ebens

Author: Bodo Ebens

Bodo Ebens is Clinical Director North & Central Europe at DXC Technology Healthcare & Life Sciences Business, and is a published author. His academic background includes a Masters in Biomedical Engineering, post-graduate in Global Healthcare Economy, and second clinical graduation in Human Medicine. An active member of several healthcare expert groups and the scientific committee of the European Healthcare Conference, Bodo is a thought leader in the development and implementation of innovative, cross-sectorial healthcare management including coordinated care and population health management. He has extensive expertise in healthcare systems of Brazil, China, central and continental Europe, the Gulf Area and the USA, and he is a registered senior expert consultant of the World Health Organization (WHO).