Without proper agreements on standards, the digitization of the healthcare landscape remains a puzzle that is difficult to solve. While in these times there is so much need for the exchange of valuable data that benefits both the healthcare professional and the patient. Hans Mekenkamp (PHIT), Wilco Schuttelaar (Founda) and Michel van Velde (iO) talk about this at Emerce Health.
Under the leadership of Krijn Schuurman, the three will discuss the contribution that digital technology can make to better care, what the major barriers are and what the importance of standards is for the effective exchange of data.
According to Mekenkamp, healthcare is technically structured too complicated. “A vision has already been written about how you could exchange information better, for example between general practitioners and pharmacists, but at the moment the puzzle pieces do not fit well.”
And according to Mekenkamp, that will only get worse now that more and more apps are being introduced that exchange healthcare information, both structured and unstructured. Michel van Velde (iO) sees a task for the national or European government to dictate standards. “The information provided by the Dutch College of General Practitioners (NHG) on Thuisarts.nl is based on standards, but we cannot simply roll it out to Germany and England because different standards apply there. While you can already come to an end with open data and European privacy agreements.”
Austria and Switzerland have made better agreements.
Wilco Schuttelaar (Founda) acknowledges that the current Babbelonia also provides a lot of work to technical parties and advisors. “Even if you have standard, there are still differences in the data processing by hospitals. What we call the last mile integration still requires a lot of work.”
In addition, there is a trend that healthcare consumers are increasingly using their own resources. Schuttelaar mentions ultrasound for pregnant women, a device that you can order from Amazon. “They cannot read the data, but they do like to be in control themselves.”
With standards, foreign aid workers could also read out and assess data.
Nevertheless, it regularly happens that suppliers sometimes sit together and make mutual agreements about standards. This has happened with medical imaging manufacturers, including Philips and Siemens.
The presentation The importance of digitization and standards in the era of rapidly growing healthcare demand can be viewed for free after registration.
Source: Nieuws – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.
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