Team Healthcare

Trends and developments

Certainly in healthcare, reliable data exchange is of vital importance. Agreements are required at all levels to facilitate safe and reliable data exchange. For the benefit of the healthcare institution, but especially to provide tailor-made care for the patient, Value Based Healthcare and healthcare networks are on the rise.

Away with the protocol?

Patients who end up in hospital with a doctor follow a fixed pattern: a conversation with the doctor, an examination and then contact with the doctor again for the diagnosis. After the diagnosis, patients follow the trajectory that accompanies the clinical picture. Because each professional group has set guidelines for each indication area, the routes are fixed according to the protocols. However: a route that is logical for the doctor is not always the most pleasant and efficient for the patient.

During oncological treatments, for example, patients experience that the time between examination and outcome is of great influence on their wellbeing. This waiting time is, regardless of the quality of the medical examination, of essential value for a patient. Shifting the focus to elements that are of value for the wellbeing of the patient (with constant costs) is called Value Based Healthcare (VBHC). The goal of VBHC is to improve the patient’s experience of the quality of the care process.

This is also how we envision our IT solutions. Team Healthcare wants to serve customers on the basis of Value Based IT. This is not only about IT techniques, but also about the added value that we can deliver to your business process.

Are you interested in a Value Based IT solution for your next project? Please contact Gerrit Lutke Schipholt glutkeschipholt@e-storage.nl

Interoperability is key

When a patient goes from one hospital to another, examinations are often repeated. For example, the ‘other’ hospital would like to take a new photo, even though this photo has already been taken in the first hospital. Because the systems of hospital A cannot exchange data with the systems of hospital B, examinations often have to be repeated. This not only results in extra costs; for the patient it is very unpleasant. In order to improve the experience of the patient and reduce (unnecessary) costs, it is important that healthcare institutions can exchange data. That is called interoperability.

Since all care provided is part of a healthcare chain, it is important that all information relevant for the treatment is accessible to all care providers in this healthcare chain. Present day, the patient itself is an active participant in this chain, as well as that it is central to this. As a result, a linear healthcare chain is no longer suitable, but healthcare networks are the answer. Interoperability is therefore a requirement for VBHC and Personalized Medicine (‘tailored healthcare’).

Our Business consultant Tie Tjee is the Suppliers Chairman of IHE Netherlands and as such one of the quartermasters of interoperability. In addition, he is a member of the VWS Expert Group Standardization and well informed about upcoming policy issues on interoperability. We can share our knowledge, expertise and insights in this area with you and give you a head start on a domain that is developing enormously. Contact Tie Tjee ttjee@e-storage.nl

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“Data: close when you have to, far away when possible”
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