“Integrating secondary and primary care data to support patient care, directly involving patients in their care and gathering health outcomes data to confirm the effectiveness of treatments are 3 of health tech’s main challenges and which InfoFlex is helping to resolve.”

Marc Warburton, Chief Executive, InfoFlex

This was Marc’s opening response to the vital question posed recently by the online HTN (Health Tech Newspaper). As one of a number of industry leaders who contributed to the feature, Marc went on to offer his perspective on how progress can be achieved:

“Clinical systems used by both the acute and primary care sectors can no longer be implemented in silos. It is essential that all new system implementations should fully support interoperability and the real-time exchange of data that is required, providing clinicians with a complete and seamless patient record to support clinical decision making and patient care. Similarly, existing clinical systems must have a clear strategy and timeline to support this level of functionality, if they do not already do so. Interoperability is essential if the sharing of patient care across the healthcare sector is to be  achieved effectively. This cannot be limited to just the viewing of data but must provide access to data entry on the relevant systems for all those involved in the patient’s care.

Involving patients in their care is key and the technology to support this is essential if this is to be achieved. Patient access to their specialty-specific clinical records must be provided and they need to be able to communicate easily with the clinicians involved in their care. Patient portal functionality needs to become a standard part of a clinical system, providing a fully integrated patient record. Clinicians and patients need to share their use of the systems that support the patient’s care. Providing patients with the functionality to contribute to their clinical record is essential if the volume of patient outcome data needed to support improvements in healthcare is to become available.

A clinical system’s ability to integrate, to support interoperability and to provide patient portal functionality are all essential components that underpin shared care between clinicians and patients.”

The entire article can be read here.