PA Consulting Group’s Nilesh Chandra, IT strategy expert, explains how health IT and other technologies can improve patient care and affect patient outcomes.
Nilesh says: “Improved integration through health information exchanges allows sharing of data for patients seeking care while they’re traveling, working with a new doctor or seeking emergency attention. With electronic health records, medications can be cross checked, allergies can be tracked, past reactions to medications are detailed, and dosage requirements are displayed in a central location. For doctors, this is an advantage as they can access patient records quickly.”
He goes on to talk about data sets and analysis: “The availability of large data sets of patient health data in a structured record format enables large scale analysis of the data in a manner that wasn’t possible before, allowing clinicians and researchers to identify new insights based on patterns in data.”
“Additionally, we see further opportunities with the possible integration of data collected by wearable devices”, says Nilesh. “If that data is able to be incorporated into a patient’s health records, healthcare providers will be able to more easily assess treatment options for patients based on their individual lifestyles.”