Faced with an aging population and an increase in long-term chronic illnesses across the region, healthcare organisations in EMEA must adapt to a new patient-centric system of healthcare, according to new independent research from EMC and IDC.
Transforming Health: Enabling Integrated Healthcare suggests that a new healthcare system, where diverse and geographically dispersed healthcare providers collaborate to treat patients, is much more suitable for the treatment of long-term illnesses than the current hospital-centric system.
According to the IDC-EMC study, an integrated care delivery model can increase patient safety and help control costs for healthcare providers across the region.
Importantly, the research has revealed that IT – and especially document lifecycle management capabilities – will play a key role in this transformation, with many healthcare providers in the region already looking to invest in key technologies.
“Document lifecycle management solutions can provide the glue necessary to enable integrated healthcare by decoupling structured and unstructured data from proprietary and open applications alike, including EMR, EHR and departmental applications for example, allowing them to be easily transferred to and accessed by the healthcare professionals that need them,” says Nkuli Mbundu, EMC Southern Africa Enterprise Account Manager for Information Intelligence Group.
“This enables a more efficient, cost effective healthcare system and most importantly puts the patient at the centre of the health nexus; vastly improving clinical outcomes.”
“The key now for hospitals in EMEA is to ensure that their IT budgets are being invested effectively to create a long-term solution to the challenges of healthcare,” says Mbundu.
“The aging population and increased prevalence of long-term conditions will have a significant impact on health and social care. A sustainable service delivery model that can cope with non-communicable diseases must aim to provide appropriate care,” says Massimiliano Claps IDC Health Insights Research Director.
“The reoriented healthcare system will ensure the future sustainability of service delivery by coordinating all actors across the value chain. This integrated care delivery will have to be enabled by cross-enterprise information sharing. Document life-cycle solutions, such as the EMC Documentum Integrated Patient Record solution suite, can support structured and unstructured information capture, archival, and access across multiple clinical applications.”
“EMC is supporting the ASL Naples 2 transformation to deliver more efficient services, and ones that are better for the patient. The future does seem to lie in the rollout of integrated patient care on a wider scale and we look forward to continue working with EMC to future-proof our operations for this new healthcare environment,” Imma Orilio, ASL Naples 2 Chief Information Officer.