All posts by Catherine Bryceland

Interoperability at the centre of NHS IT

With his initial technology strategy, secretary of state for health and social care Matt Hancock has made it clear that interoperability needs to be at the heart of NHS IT.

Outdated and obstructive digital systems will become a thing of the past with a set of mandatory standards the order of the day, to ensure systems can speak to one another.

For GP and IT leader Amir Mehrkar, the big change needed is less about the process and more about values.

“For the NHS, I don’t believe the challenge of interoperability is technical. The technology exists – across the world, information is flowing,” he says.

“But I don’t think we in the NHS often think about the values around information sharing. Values are intrinsic to the way that we [as humans] behave but one of the problems has been that sharing patient information isn’t seen as an obvious value.”

Mehrkar is co-founder and co-chair of INTEROPen. The organisation is bringing together the NHS, industry and other stakeholders to work collaboratively on accelerating the development of open standards in the health and care sector.

Read the full article here.

NHS launches digital vision for mandatory open standards

data-imageThe UK Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has launched his technology vision in 'The Future of Healthcare'.

The vision outlines plans to introduce minimum technical standards that current and future IT systems and digital services in the NHS will have to meet.

Having these open standards in place means systems will be able to talk to each other securely, and easily. It will lead to greater interoperability and help unlock potential technology innovations.

Read more here.

Health IT safe practices for closing the loop

ehealth toolkitThis informative report from the ECRI Institute highlights ways that information technology (IT) can reduce and eliminate medication mix-ups and errors from diagnostic testing.

The report highlights three safe practice recommendations for closing the loop on test tracking and medication changes:

  • Develop and apply IT solutions to communicate the right information (including data needed for interpretation) to the right people, at the right time, in the right format
  • Implement health IT solutions to track key areas
  • Use health IT to link and acknowledge the review of information and the documentation of the action taken

They have provided a useful toolkit that includes detailed implementation strategies that will assist with communication and tracking and an informative literature review.

Find out more and download the report here.

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The role of data in helping to improve health outcomes

A new report released by CSIRO highlights the role of technology and data in helping to improve the health of the Australian population.

The 'Future of Health Report' states:

“Barriers to an integrated health services model include multiple and complex funding arrangements, siloed data streams, ever-evolving regulatory requirements, and dated infrastructure," said CSIRO director of health and biosecurity Rob Grenfell

The report also states that as more data is created and exchanged through apps and other systems, improvements to data storage, standardisation, access, ownership, integrity, interoperability, and security need to be central concerns for the sector.

Read the full report here.

Why we need an open platform

Dr. Evelyn Hovenga, the CEO, and Director of eHealth Education and GeHCo, presented a paper on 'Why we need to consider adopting an open platform' at the Victorian Healthcare Week conference in Melbourne.

The paper emphasised the importance of exchanging, linking and sharing data and information to "maximise collaboration, automate performance monitoring, routine reporting and the use of professionally developed algorithms supporting decision making at various levels."

However, such functionality requires a high-level of semantic interoperability and preferably a vendor-neutral clinical data repository.

Dr. Hovenga presented examples of exemplary implementations and detailed transition strategies that will enable the continuing use of current EMR systems whilst improving semantic interoperability, and clinical data usability to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.

She states: '....the adoption of an open platform along with an agreed EHR structure optimally supports all clinical processes associated with professional clinical practice and patient centred journeys through the health system".

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Study sheds light on the importance of patient-reported data

A new study recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research highlights how patient-reported data is important in developing longitudinal records from past events, filling gaps in patient records, and preventing hospital readmissions and other poor outcomes.

The study's findings may help healthcare organizations collect more meaningful and comprehensive data on such things as readmissions, especially if services are conducted across multiple and unconnected healthcare systems.

Read more here.

GeHCo CEO recognised at the HIC 2018 Gala Dinner

Dr. Evelyn Hovenga, the CEO and Director of eHealth Education and GeHCo, was presented with an award at this weeks gala dinner during HIC 2018 in Sydney.

The award and lifelong membership to HISA was for her contribution which began 25 years ago. Dr. Hovenga was one of the visionaries in the early 1990s who was instrumental to the founding of the organisation.

The award gives thanks from HISA for all of her efforts and her visionary leadership.

To view all the awards visit the HISA website.

Major German research project chooses openEHR

This in-depth article explains e-health and a  summary of what openEHR currently consists of.

It states, at a purely technology level, openEHR is just a piece of an overall solution environment; you also need terminologies, possibly IHE services, you may need FHIR and/or other on-the-wire solutions, and you’ll need a whole slew of application and middleware technologies. 

Read the full article here.


HISA set to host 2020 international nursing informatics conference

The Health Informatics Society of Australia announced it will host the international congress on nursing informatics in 2020, which will be co-located with the 2020 Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2020) in Brisbane.

The NI 2020 would be a rare opportunity to learn from and network with nurses and midwives at a global level in digital health, said HISA CEO Louise Schaper.

Read more here.

Dublin university launches a centre for eintegrated care

Dublin City University has launched a new centre which will combine health and social care research findings to deliver connected healthcare in order to improve patient outcomes.

Led by Dr Pamela Hussey from DCU’s School of Nursing and Human Sciences, the centre’s aim is to advance continuity of care to improve the health and well-being of citizens in Ireland.

“Our key goal is to improve health and social care for citizens by advancing access to integrated care records.." said Dr Hussey.

Read more here.