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Trust Network Rollout: A New Approach To Rolling Out Clinical Information Systems

Trust Network Rollout: A New Approach To Rolling Out Clinical Information Systems

As a former healthcare CIO and longtime health consultant, I’ve been through my share of clinical information system rollouts.  A couple have gone well.  Most have gone okay.  A few have left scars. I’ve been reflecting on the successes and failures of these efforts, and what could have been done better.  In doing so, I’ve hit upon an idea that I think is really cool.  I wonder if you’d indulge me… Our traditional approach to implementing clinical information systems is geographic…

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Why Digital Health Needs Standards And Health Informatics More Than Ever

Why Digital Health Needs Standards And Health Informatics More Than Ever

 As we deal with the inevitable rise in the number of locations in which our health information is stored, we must redouble our efforts in the fields of health informatics and standards.  It is only via these foundations that we will be able to share health information within and across organisational boundaries, confident that we have a common view of meaning (to the extent that is possible) that does everything to minimise the risks of harm caused by misunderstood or…

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What Exactly Is Digital Health?

What Exactly Is Digital Health?

So what exactly is Digital Health? The majority of people that I speak to still don’t really understand what Digital Health is, nor its potential implications.  Many people, particularly Government health departments are still using the term synonymously with eHealth, which shows a great misunderstanding of the potential power of Digital Health.  As I’ve said previously…   Digital Health gives us an opportunity that we’ve never had before – the chance to reach into the lives of almost every health consumer…

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Is Poor Diagnosis a Leading Cause of Inefficiency in the Health System?

Is Poor Diagnosis a Leading Cause of Inefficiency in the Health System?

Much of the load on the health system is the consequence of the poor performance of current diagnosis processes.  Of GPs who think that their instinct is better than it actually is.  Of wild stabs in the dark based on prejudice, assumption and the couple of questions that GPs have time to ask in a six minute appointment.  Yes, I know that some things are hard to diagnose.  But for God’s sake, we have to get better at this if our…

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Health Innovation at #WISH2016

Health Innovation at #WISH2016

This week I’m in Doha, Qatar, for the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2016.  I was fortunate enough to be invited to be part of the Lifeguard Health Networks team, presenting their solution as part of the Innovation Showcases. I’ve been to a lot of health conferences in my time, but I must say that I’m blown away by the calibre of delegates, the level of engagement and discussion, and the range of innovation that is on show.  From…

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Separating The Signal From The Noise – Finding Clinical Relevance In Consumer Health Data

Separating The Signal From The Noise – Finding Clinical Relevance In Consumer Health Data

In it’s unadulterated form, consumer health data is 99+% noise.  If we present it to health providers in this form, we’re going to very quickly turn them off the idea of gathering data from patients and caregivers.  Any who could blame them?  If Digital Health is going to add value to busy health providers, we need to separate the signal from the noise for them.   In the rush to gather vast amounts of data from consumer health devices and…

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The Dimensions of Clinical Data Quality

The Dimensions of Clinical Data Quality

As we move into the next phase of EMR / EHR maturity, these systems will increasingly shine a light on problems with a) the quality of data captured by health providers and b) the quality of care delivered.  Without a mechanism for measurement of clinical data quality we can’t start this conversation that we need to have.   Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my views and focus on the role of data quality in the emerging…

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Open Your EMR To Patients – Let Patients Help

Open Your EMR To Patients – Let Patients Help

… I now believe that the only way to significantly improve clinical data quality is by opening up EMRs and Clinical Information Systems to patients and caregivers, allowing them to read all that is written about them, and to flag incorrect data.  In addition to the transparency of knowing what is being written about them, patients and their caregivers are a vital line of defence in protecting against medical errors that arise from poor quality data.   As I work with…

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Health Care Homes – A Patient’s Role in Continuity of Care

Health Care Homes – A Patient’s Role in Continuity of Care

To achieve change, however, we need to see changes in behaviour from patients, not just health providers.  No amount of technology can ever replace the deep value of a long-term healthcare relationship between patient and doctor…   In recent weeks I’ve written a lot about the urgent need to drive deep change into health systems across the world, with the tools provided by Digital Health offering great opportunities to develop new, innovative models of care.  I remain convinced that much of…

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