Digitisation and the path to connected care

How cloud-based EPRs are enabling a more integrated approach to healthcare

How cloud-based EPRs are enabling a more integrated approach to healthcare

From smartwatches that can tell you if you’re in atrial fibrillation (and send an ECG to your physician) to AI-powered analytics that can discover disease, innovations in digital technology are helping us to be healthier. They’re also opening up new opportunities in connected healthcare.

Digital technology and the Electronic Patient Record (EPR) represent the future of more efficient and effective healthcare. These innovations, along with rising public expectations for access to medical professionals and services, are driving the shift to modern digital healthcare systems that bring together services, organisations, processes and data. The benefits for healthcare institutions include streamlining processes and reducing costs, as well as transforming care delivery.

Care for an individual is provided across multiple organisations and settings, often at the same time. No care provider is an island and their EPR must enable collaboration with partners in the health ecosystem – not create data silos and barriers. The next generation of EPRs must intelligently connect systems, data and people to enable the creation of new care ecosystems that are greater than the sum of their parts.

These EPRs must support care plans across multiple conditions, organisations and settings, provide intelligent support for clinical decision-making and care execution, and provide real-time analytics at an individual patient and population level to support research, planning and outcomes measurement. The rigorous adoption of open international standards underpins this new model of digitally enabled care, where digital systems work together to maximise the effectiveness of health systems in improving the health of populations and the quality of care to individuals.

Today, much of the frustration experienced by EPR users is the result of broken workflows – where clinicians are forced to jump between systems to complete a task. This adds time, complexity and clinical risk to the process. A holistic hospital information system is comprised of fully integrated modules, that cover all core clinical processes within the provider, digitally supporting medical and nursing pathways. Implemented and managed by a single partner, it offers significant benefits in performance, integration and support. A holistic approach to system selection keeps the number of subsystems as low as possible.

Key criteria in selecting an EPR

In choosing an EPR for your organisation, these are some attributes to consider:

  • Processes: Is the EPR readily available to use at the point of care, with relevant data, insights and workflow?
  • Device independence: Does it work seamlessly across desktops, tablets and smartphones?
  • Integrated solution: Does it provide comprehensive support across care pathways?
  • Customisation: Does it support localisation by enabling your team to create fully integrated forms, apps and workflows?
  • Scalability: Can it easily scale to support EPR convergence across your health system?

Strengthening connections with ORBIS U

ORBIS U is a comprehensive and holistic hospital information system. It consists of more than 40 fully integrated clinical modules, that cover all processes within and around the daily business of healthcare providers. It digitally supports medical and nursing workflows and is fully integrated with our UKI PAS solutions to support seamless managerial and administrative workflows.

ORBIS U covers all clinical and administrative use cases such as High-acuity care (including Emergency, OR and ICU), regular care (including Nursing), Medication, eHealth, scheduling and care coordination and Patient Administration through our PAS solutions. The solution is delivered with pre-configured clinical content, workflow and forms based on NICE Guidance and NHS England’s Get It Right First Time (GIRFT) standards. Utilising multiple customisation tools, ORBIS U can be further tailored to meet each customer’s individual needs. Reducing clinical risk and improving outcomes and efficiency are the drivers of our application design – be it on a desktop or a mobile application.

If you’d like to learn more about public cloud-based EPR solutions and ORBIS, Europe’s leading EPR solution, get in touch.

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