In a typical healthcare situation, a person would fall ill, go to the nearest hospital and register as an out-door patient and receive the required treatment. In some cases, the patient would need to take some tests and these activities would be recorded. The healthcare part would probably culminate in the patient being examined by a doctor, given some advice and being prescribed the appropriate medication.
However, this event does not end there, because there are other entities that connect back to the person, such as linking up to a financial institution to pay bills, and communication with a workplace if the illness is contagious, and leveraging benefits of an insurance scheme, etc.
Therefore, in a healthcare scenario, there are many connected parties and systems that need to be active at the same time. For instance, a recent survey in the US stated that a connected ecosystem could potentially generate $850 million to $1 billion a year in health system efficiencies through increased clinical productivity and reductions in patient transfers, duplicate lab activities, etc. Another study showed that 84% of primary care clinicians share their patients' clinical data across their own organization and use it to help improve their clinical care protocols.
Why Does The Healthcare Industry Need to be Connected?
Connected health as a concept refers to providing healthcare in a collaborative manner where information technology will aim to connect disparate systems, devices, and stakeholders. This will bring together the different entities to create a connected health ecosystem, thus making this service efficient and effective for users. It will also enable healthcare institutions to achieve the following long-terms goals:
Providing the best possible service through accurate and timely information sources
Decrease latencies in connected services
Reduce manual executions to reduce human errors (i.e data entry, etc.)
Provide high availability of medical information
Gain intelligence via information sharing
The goals seem rewarding, and the downsides almost null. But how is this achieved? For more on the technologies, drivers, and incentives behind a Connected Care revolution in health, download the WSO2 report onConnected Health Reference Architecture.
The Comprehensive guide to Connected Healthcare, from WSO2
Key Drivers in a Healthcare System
Connected Health Reference Architecture - An Overview
Interoperability in Healthcare
Deployment aspects of Connected Care
About the Author
An enthusiast of Computer science and engineering, Nuwan Bandara is currently engaged in software research and development at WSO2; A leading open source SOA middle-ware company.
Nuwan was an Intern engineer at Cirquent GMbH (Germany) and was involved in several European Union software research projects (SENSOORIA, S3MS). He is also interested and studying in the areas of project management, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship and e-business.
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