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"America's health care system is second only to Japan, Canada, Sweden, Great Britain ... well, all of Europe…………… "

- Homer Simpson!

 
Why do we need this?

We need it to provide a fundamental building block for doing business in the future. An efficient, standardized and interoperable IT system anchored to a central repository is that foundation. Hospitals are looking for ways to manage clinical data, become more efficient, cut costs and win customer satisfaction. HealtheCard network system has the appropriate technology, both for the present and the future, to provide such a solution.

The need for efficient medical data management is needed due to:

  • Globalization
  • Medical tourism
  • Aging population
  • Medical advances and specialization
  • Rising cost of healthcare services
  • Changes in insurance coverage
  • Prognosis and prevention
  • Managed care
  • Empowerment of practitioners and customers

As quality of life improves and longevity increases, chronic conditions get amplified. Chronic illness implies additional care from a more diverse group of providers, more complex payment schemes, and a more complicated data flow. This exacerbates the challenges of storing and retrieving health information. A non-portable decentralized storage of medical records leads to further challenges and higher costs. Also with escalating healthcare costs, more people are opting to get their medical procedures done overseas requiring transfer of medical information.

There is an urgent need to develop a coherent database to provide personalized medical care. At present, doctors are flying without a flight plan. No decision support tools exist to identify drug interactions or assist physicians in making decisions about an ever-growing number of treatment options. Guided information will also provide the tools for patient empowerment. Information is a liberating tool. Informed patients, involved in decision-making, will become active participants in trying to prevent the problem.

 

 
     
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