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Future Healthcare Phil Summit 2024: 4 Key Takeaways

Future Healthcare Phil Summit 2024: 4 Key Takeaways 1300 972 Exist Software Labs

The ongoing progress of technology will undoubtedly influence the trajectory of healthcare, underscoring the necessity for continuous adaptation and innovation within the field.

Last April 18, 2024, I had the opportunity to join the Future Healthcare Phil Summit 2024 held at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, Manila. The event was an immersive experience with multiple enlightening presentations and panel discussions by eminent speakers – all experts in their respective fields in health, technology, or both. Representatives of major institutions and decision makers who attended were also able to enjoy informative discussions and visit booths to learn more about current innovations in health tech. 

As a medical professional working in the tech sector, here are a few insights I have gleaned from the event: 

1.There is no end to innovation – health technology exists to make work easier for humankind.

To bridge the logistics gap, tech innovations have allowed medical professionals to store information in means convenient to them. Clinic and hospital managers have the option to store information in a cloud instead of having to track and keep patient information in a physical medical records section or a server room. Processes are streamlined to allow for easier correspondence between medical professionals and also between patients and their healthcare provider/s, such as through the means of telemedicine. Health tech provides solutions to issues regarding accessibility and lightens the workload for medical staff. Additionally, records and reports can easily be reviewed and analyzed to give insights on how to further improve operations.

2. Healthcare is constantly evolving; hence, health technology also has to responsively evolve.

Companies can provide solutions to the needs of the growing health industry. Tech solutions like the use of AI in medical data analytics,  hospital and clinic management systems that go beyond what is basic and could integrate other necessary services could potentially be the standard across the whole country, as they could address a myriad of needs coming from the healthcare sector. The nation’s health sector would, in turn, do well to keep up with the development of the tech industry in order to predict possible potentials for growth and improvement.

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3. Medical professionals and key decision makers will benefit from improving their tech-related knowledge.

This allows them to understand developments from the field that are applicable to their needs. Knowing how things work would make them more proficient in using any system that is made for the medical industry, which would in turn ease the burdens during collaborative efforts. Proper use of tech solutions in healthcare would also ensure that lesser gaps would exist in patient care and healthcare delivery. 

4. Find the best solution and not just any solution.

Many companies could present features and give a rough idea of what they can deliver, but decisions need to be made based on more tangible concepts. A well-vouched provider that can ensure long-term support and can address queries with responses specific to the issue could reassure clients that their concerns will have concrete solutions. This is something that Exist Software Labs Inc., in partnership with Tableau, can deliver. From the comprehensive clinical management system and combination hospital information and clinical system, to the integrated AI-powered data analytics module, to other customized IT solutions, Exist Labs can find the solution for you.

Chelsea Patricia L. Lopez, MD is a general practitioner and a business analyst in an IT solutions firm. She graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and has a keen interest in the marriage of the healthcare and technology sectors. In her spare time, she studies traditional medicine and listens to a wide range of music.

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Pandemic Highlights Need for EMR, Information Systems Beyond Hospital and Clinic Walls, Java, Java Developer Philippines

The 2020 Pandemic effectively Highlights Need for EMR, Information Systems Beyond the Hospital and Clinic’s Walls

The 2020 Pandemic effectively Highlights Need for EMR, Information Systems Beyond the Hospital and Clinic’s Walls 768 487 Exist Software Labs

Despite the uptake of practices using EMRs, the country’s struggle to capture COVID-related data and the presence of health information systems that are not interoperable exposed the need for EMR, hospital, and clinic systems that contribute to and empower the greater health sector.

Read on to see how the pandemic highlights the need for EMRs and Information Systems beyond hospital and clinic walls.

It is nearly impossible to create or build healthcare capacity during a pandemic.  Hospitals everywhere struggle with staffing and bed resources to keep up with Covid surges while preventing infections.  The lack of clear political strategy and guidance seems to leave health providers fending for themselves.

Yet, it is these types of situations that also enlighten and ultimately force a reckoning for businesses.  In healthcare, it is not just about finding a means to stay afloat.  It is a matter of ensuring the survival of staff and the populace.  It is about how to improve and extend patient services while contributing to the greater need of containing the pandemic.

 

Pandemic Highlights the Need for EMR and Clinic Systems. See how it can help.

If it wasn’t as clear before, it has become imperative that any operating business will need to invest in IT and digital solutions.  It is about finding systems that answer core business requirements while also being equipped to support functionalities yet to be identified.  For hospitals and clinics, it is not enough that systems and applications exist only for internal consumption.  Systems need to enable them to participate and share health data (in a secure manner) to reach patients.  They need to contribute information to guide policies for the greater population.

For medical practices, the shift and need for EMR have grown rapidly in the last few years.  This is apparent in larger clinical practices offering a variety of medical and diagnostic services across a network of branches.  Ease of coordination, as well as seamless transactions, give these clinics an advantage.  They offer a more well-rounded patient experience that mirrors that of a tertiary hospital but at a more affordable cost.

Why does the need for EMR constantly arise? EMRs allow users to coordinate care across various specialties.  The system provides the entire clinic and its team of doctors with the needed information about the patient at every turn. With available patient data, the practice is likely to adapt toward providing more evidence-based care.

Outpatient clinics need to step up to provide help to hospitals. Clinics can provide triage as a first line of care for patients before going directly to hospitals.

As vaccination programs roll out, clinics across the country can be viable centers given their experience providing immunizations.  At this time, multi-specialty and diagnostic clinics can be a safe haven for patients needing medical help while avoiding the high risk of infection in hospitals.

Such a larger role requires that clinic management systems cannot just be about the need for an EMR.  Clinic systems will need to be mini-hospital information systems (HIS) except without the support for admission and its supporting modules.

Like hospital systems, the clinic system orchestrates a team of doctors, nurses, and other users across different sections organized by medical specialty, different laboratory, or even outpatient surgical care. The Pandemic Highlights the support needed for an integrated online patient portal and telemedicine. Imagine a doctor providing teleconsultation without the need to open another application for accessing and updating the patient’s electronic medical records!

These functionalities are critical to ensuring that medical services will remain operational while reducing physical contact.  With a portal, the patients are provided a tool by which they can update their records and provide feedback on their medical outcomes.

 

Pandemic Highlights Importance of Breaking Silos and Transmission of Covid-related Data

Maintaining a single source of patient information across multiple branches is just as important.  Firstly, the patient will have more options not limited by location for in-person services such as laboratory and diagnostic tests. This ensures that doctors and other care professionals view updated and complete patient records regardless of clinic branch which opens potential for further interoperability. With consolidated patient records inside clinic systems, clinics have in their possession, valuable data.  Data that can yield patient insights and provide information on future services and investment as well.

In the fight against Covid, using information from paper records seems almost anecdotal at best.  For any viable health program to succeed in this pandemic, data needs to guide the plans.  Surviving the pandemic needs the entire health sector — both public and private, to work together.  Hospitals and clinics will need to pay attention to the needs of population health for Covid data as well. Using the right hospital information and clinic systems is vital for transmitting and collecting health information and statistics.  This is important in creating a holistic health plan for cities, provinces, and ultimately an entire country.

The Covid situation is like being part of an ongoing global research study.  It is both tragic, and one that hopefully with available data, will strengthen and lift healthcare standards everywhere.

In the Philippines, the pandemic highlights the need for IT systems used by hospitals and clinics need to comply with the required standards set forth by the Department of Health (DOH) as well as Philhealth.  Systems with these certifications not only give health facilities the license to legally operate but show a commitment to contribute to improving healthcare beyond its four walls. 

The pandemic highlights the need to take advantage of information systems, care institutions give themselves and their patients a fighting chance to survive and continue to be relevant players in the healthcare business as well.

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Technological innovation has enabled a new model of care delivery where the patient is at the center of the healthcare network. The pandemic highlights the need for advanced and innovative healthcare technology.
 
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