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'Malaysian heathcare market could become the most advanced in Asia'

AvantiKumar | Sept. 26, 2011
This is possible, says healthcare IT solutions provider InterSystems, with the adoption of broader market solutions.

"InterSystems has made a massive investment in technology in our 30+ years of business," he said. "With the core Caché database technology, the industry leading Ensemble integration software, through to data analytics, InterSystems has the ability to manage, interrogate and provide insight into vast volumes of information within a single environment. Our TrakCare Web-based healthcare application (unified patient administration, clinicals and departmental system) services all settings and leverages all of InterSystems' core technology and is the very thing most software companies dream about -- one system, one record, high performance and reliability -- and we can integrate with other systems better than anyone else in the industry."

 

Indian hospital achieves 89 percent capture rate

Garrington said that recently, India-based Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, a 675-bed multi-specialty hospital in New Delhi, created a connected care environment within one organisation around a single electronic patient record that is now being used by both administrative and clinical staff.

"It is a great example of how healthcare organisations can utilise their data to promote efficiencies and deliver better healthcare outcomes at the same time," he said. "While Sir Ganga Ram has adopted a unified TrakCare system, other organisations or larger healthcare networks may choose to integrate with legacy systems they have already invested in to solve their connected care challenges. Whatever your situation, InterSystems offers technologies that are flexible enough to enable the most appropriate approach."

"The immediate return offered by automating discharge summaries, while smaller than the returns from data retrieval at a later date, has enabled us to achieve an EPR [electronic patient record] capturing 89 percent of inpatient visits," said  Sir Ganga Ram Hospital consultant surgeon and head of medical informatics, Dr. Karanvir Singh. "The successful design of the discharge summary module -- which takes granular ICD-10 coded data and converts it into something readable by patients -- was a very important factor in the EPR's success."

According to Dr. Singh, the return on investment (ROI) from TrakCare has come from using healthcare information to define, guide and measure enterprise process improvements. "Essentially, analytics is what provides the ROI on healthcare information system investment. Our first tangible ROI was when we analysed the various patient treatment packages offered by the hospital. Another ROI was identifying workflow bottlenecks and streamlining processes as a result. All this has been possible because decision-makers are now getting data within minutes or hours, which used to take weeks or months to deliver."

"The availability of analysable data was a further incentive offered to clinicians to encourage them to adopt the EPR," said Dr. Singh. "India has a huge population and the volume of patient throughput is something not available in many western hospitals. If doctors can analyse this volume of data, they can also obtain more research material and therefore gain more opportunities to be published."

 

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