Oliba supports hospitals, clinics, and research centers to implement digital platforms and data networks such as Electronic Health Record systems, data repository, or other systems not only to enhance the efficiency of data management and to standardize data collection, but also to improve individual health outcomes and, ultimately, patients’ journeys. In fact, by implementing digital health solutions, the patient’s experience will improve in terms of safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, and timeliness.
Oliba can also help you to include cutting-edge digital technologies in your organization, such as artificial intelligence or machine learning approaches to improve data mining, collection, harmonization, analysis, and interpretation.
Here are some examples of our services in the field of ICT applied in health and life science technologies.
Health Information Technology (Health IT)
Health Information Technology (or Health IT) encompasses a range of interconnected infrastructures, technologies, and processes that generate a platform supporting the management of clinical, administrative, and financial data. Health Information Technology platforms aim to improve the value of healthcare services, increase quality, improve patient safety, and result in more efficient and effective processes (including cost-reduction).
Introducing Health Information Technology to your healthcare organization can help to:
- Provide accurate, up-to-date, and complete information about patients at the point of care
- Enable quick access to patient records for more coordinated and efficient care
- Securely share electronic informationwith patients and other clinicians
- Help healthcare providers to diagnose patients more effectively , reduce medical errors, and provide safer care
- Improve patient and provider interaction and communication
- Enable safer and more reliable prescribing
- Help promote legible, complete documentation as well as accurate, streamlined coding and billing
- Enhanceprivacy and security of patient data
- Help providers improve productivityand work-life balance
- Enable providers to improve efficiency and meet their business goals
- Reduce coststhrough decreased paperwork, improved safety, reduced duplication of testing, and improved health.
Electronic Health Records (EHR)
An Electronic Health Record, often called EHR, is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart, with all relevant clinical information. The benefit in using digital medical records is that all information is available real-time from anywhere for those who have authorization to access them.
Thanks to Health IT, today it is possible to build sophisticated Electronic Health Record systems, which are able to include medical and treatment information of a patient collected by different health structures and harmonized in a systematic framework.
Electronic Health Records are built to share information among more health system operators. Further, thanks to Health IT systems, patient portals can be created. Patient portals collect personal health records that a patient can consult 24-hours directly online, from anywhere. It is a useful service for patients, who want to access information about their health and communicate with their physicians without leaving home.
We implement Electronic Prescribing (e-Prescribing) platforms, which have been pushed by public institutions in an effort to enhance the safety and quality of the prescribing process. E-prescribing allows healthcare providers to send prescriptions electronically to pharmacies and can be a stand-alone system or part of an integrated electronic health record system. E-Prescribing mitigates human errors and gives both physicians and pharmacists access to a patient’s prescription history to reduce the chance of the wrong drug being dispensed. IT tools can be used to prompt prescribers to completely fill out doses, routes, strengths and frequencies and provide drop-down lists of the most common information. It also includes dosage checking and duplicate therapy alerts. E-Prescribing provides full visibility of all a patient’s documented allergies and previously prescribed drugs and will trigger clinical alerts if a newly prescribed drug has any potential for negative reactions. It reduces the risk of hospital readmissions and improves medication adherence, ultimately minimizing healthcare costs.
We also design Blockchain/smart contract-based distributed and personalized storage models, which enable increased involvement of patients in the data management process. These models switch from a centralized repository structure to a “hold and transmit” patient data process. Blockchain systems eliminate the need for intermediaries to manage member and patient contracts, consequently reducing administrative costs and increasing efficiency in processing claims and go-to-market strategies. The distributed architecture and built-in authentication controls lower the risk of data theft and fraud, as well as drastically reducing transaction timelines.
Blockchain is an emerging digital health technology with disruptive potential, combining the opportunity to mitigate costs while providing the patient with a high-quality care experience. Blockchain technology realistically promises to enable a participatory approach to healthcare delivery allowing the transmission of patient data among different entities without compromising privacy or security, thus addressing one of the healthcare industry’s major challenges.
Blockchain technologies can deliver integrated care services coupled with increased focus on health management. By deploying a system based on distributed architecture, Blockchain does not require multiple levels of authentication and, at the same time, it provides access to on-demand, chronologically-arranged data.
Blockchain supports seamless information sharing that can eliminate duplication, errors, and inconsistencies that may arise with traditional, centralized data storage.
If you want to learn more about each service, please contact us for further information.