As the tide of technological advancement sweep through every sector and industry changing its operations by impacting mostly on information exchange, there is a rising campaign by industry professional is set up standards and ethics to regulate the flow of information.
The health sector, being a very sensitive one is not exempted from this campaign as more and more IT expert that knows little or nothing about the medical profession are now taking advantage of their technological skills to build Electronic Health Record Systems deployable on various mediums.
The need to use an Electronic Health Record Systems (EHRs) for Health Information Exchange (HIE) is clear and its benefits are significant as study has shown that to better track and securely share patients’ complete medical histories, more and more health care providers need to participate in it.
According to Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Electronic Health Information Exchange helps to;
- Improve patient safety by reducing medication and medical errors
- Increase efficiency by eliminating unnecessary paperwork and handling;
- Provide caregivers with clinical decision support tools for more effective care and treatment;
- Eliminate redundant or unnecessary testing;
- Improve public health reporting and monitoring;
- Engage healthcare consumers regarding their own personal health information;
- Improve healthcare quality and outcomes; and
- Reduce health related costs.
Knowing that EHRs has come to stay and its pros outweigh its cons, there therefore a dire need to set standards for Health IT in Nigeria in order to enhance interoperability.
A recent study carried out by Ehealth4everyone, a Nigerian digital health social enterprise in partnership with United Nations Foundation stressed on global health IT standards and the Nigerian need for it as well.
The study also x-rayed the standards already adopted by Nigeria and further stated the processes and steps for standardizing registries for Health Information Exchange and the potential roles to be played by Nigerian government ministries, departments and agencies.
This awareness is driving industry professionals to propose the implementation of best practice with respect to technology standards, records acquisition, records maintenance and management, HIE aggregation, information sharing etc. for Nigeria health care facilities.
As a Nigerian vanguard EHRs, CareMedica and its dynamic team comprising of medical doctors, medical lab scientist, public health consultants with 20+ years with United Nations, engineers with proven tracks and hard core software programmers and IT architects have synergized their skills to build a standardized EHRs fitted for Nigeria.
CareMedica understands standards and strictly adheres to it!