Why Connected Health Records are important

Connected Health Records

The health industry uses terms such as EMR (Electronic Medical Record), EHR (Electronic Health Record), PMS (Patient Management System), PHR (Personal Health Record) and SHR (Shared Health Record). Now, the CHR (Connected Health Record) is becoming more and more topical.

So, what is a CHR?

We see a CHR as a tool to view someone’s health holistically. The healthcare industry can no longer rely on sending information from one EMR to another EMR for the transfer and viewability of information. Increasingly, healthcare consumers are becoming more active in their health, helped with the prevalence of wearable technology such as smartwatches and healthcare in-home devices.

Healthcare is now more multidisciplinary and complex than ever before. Different stakeholders require slightly different information and ways of viewing data. Therefore a single, ‘one size fits all’ solution is not a viable one. This is where the term ‘connected’ is important. It is connecting different sources to be relevant and helpful to the person using it.

A CHR enables the information to be shared between:

– Clinicians and clinicians at the same organisation
– Clinicians and clinicians at other businesses
– Clinicians and consumers
– Consumers and clinicians
– Consumers and their families or caretakers

The CHR goes beyond the information that sits in a primary care provider’s EMR, it can also include information from the community health organisations’ EMR. Further to this, a patient will also want to not only see a certain aspect of their shared care plan but also actively track their own personal health goals and outcomes – some of which will be relevant for their physicians to see.

Why Connected Health Records (CHR)?

At Global Health, we have always been passionate about connecting clinicians and consumers. Our 30+ years of experience in the healthcare industry has allowed us to realise the possible benefits of a continuous record that captures the most important information throughout someone’s life and health journey.

Someone’s health is ever changing and has many touch points depending on someones life stage and conditions. However, historically stored healthcare data has been siloed and has not reflected the fluidity of a person’s health. This is where Connect Health Records come in.

Where does ReferralNet fit?

Global Health’s portfolio of solutions enables Connected Health Records. It reflects the team-based approach to healthcare and enables the sharing of information between primary care, specialists, hospitals, community health organisations, allied health, Area Health organisations, patients and so on.

ReferralNet helps clinics and hospitals securely exchange patient information with other healthcare providers. For instance, this could be referrals, discharge summaries or any other confidential patient information. Secure Message Delivery (ReferralNet) plays a significant part in the complete patient care experience. It is used to transfer healthcare data from one system to another, thereby enabling the continuous nature of a record.

Find out more about Global Health’s Connected Health Record on the Global Health website.