What if we lived in a world where no matter your background, where you lived, or what your income, you could get the best healthcare a doctor could provide? What if, just because you didn’t have internet, it didn’t stop a doctor from having your latest info? What if instead of having your data stored on a piece of paper, it was stored in the cloud, where it was easily accessible? Sound idealistic? Perhaps it is – but it is also the world we’re about to live in.
In the past few decades, the healthcare industry drastically changed. Thanks to organizations, such as Doctors without Borders and Sanford World Clinics, as well as technological innovation, developing regions of the world are finally starting to get the care that they need. But, of course, there are still challenges to overcome….
In American cities, when a patient is admitted to a hospital, a doctor could pull up their records on a computer using their cloud based EHR systems, find the patient’s medical history, input the current issue, and create a treatment plan immediately.
In other places in the world, like Honduras, or even in rural, stateside areas, this is not the case. With unreliable internet service and/or power, tracking electronic patient records can be cumbersome and downright impossible at times. And in a place like Hospital Loma de Luz – that includes a 50-bed mission hospital with three operating rooms, eight out-patient clinic examining rooms, emergency department, specialized clinics, laboratory, and pharmacy – this becomes more complex.
However, there is a solution that can help: blueEHR recently developed an electronic health solution that continually syncs with servers so doctors can access patient records and input data. A normal cloud based EHR system cannot function without internet, as doctors can’t access or input data. Basically, an eHealth solution is quickly rendered useless without the ‘e’ – in this case, internet.
In the blueEHR system, connectivity issues don’t interrupt a provider’s work. He or she can continue as usual by working offline – when internet or power comes back, the data syncs so records will automatically update. While an intermediary solution, it addresses the main frustrations providers have with service disruptions and enables more consistent, coordinated patient care.
Customizable, cloud-based EHR addresses the ‘last mile problem’ of healthcare, enabling continuity of care in the most disconnected places.
— blueEHR | Health IT (@zhhealthcare) August 23, 2017
But the perks don’t end there: this capability also expands provider care in another way. With offline capability, doctors will be able to download records to take with them when visiting offsite patients. While completing the visit, the doctor can input new patient data into the system in real-time. When they reach internet again, patient records sync with the overall system.
This is one of the benefits of the cloud – in theory, data is accessible from any place with connectivity. It greatly contrasts systems of the past – particularly on-premise server systems. Cloud technologies are revolutionizing data accessibility and how we function in the modern world.
With this, a nurse can check patient records during a home visit and won’t need to transcribe notes when she returns to the office – the system will sync automatically. A hospital in the jungle can continue caring for patients when the power goes out – when the power comes back on, patient records will include all care plans created during the blackout.
A fully-customizable, cloud based EHR can be the streamlined, mobile solution that many international and domestic practices need. It addresses the ‘last mile problem’ of the healthcare industry, enabling continuity of care in the most disconnected situations. This is something that makes healthcare more accessible and affordable – it’s a leap in the right direction.