More about openEHR
Today, the world is amidst a technological revolution–redefining nearly every facet of computing, affecting the everyday consumer and business professional alike. The developments over the past decade have brought about a wave of technology that essentially brings users of modern technology information at will. Because of this trend, an expectation has come about which reflects that every consumer, big business and the average Joe, require instant information. This recognition has also put into place several practices to help this phenomenon become realized not only in consumer technology, but in every competitive business sector, the world over.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has set forth new regulations for medical businesses in an effort to support the associates within these organizations as well as the patients serviced by such businesses. The HITECH Act is a mandated compliance guideline that declares every medical facility must make “meaningful use” of electronic medical records (EMRs.) This effort will help increase the productivity in these organizations and further help ensure the integrity of confidential medical data. The purpose of this act is to ultimately increase the collaboration between unassociated offices in a manner that is both reliable and secure. This effect will soon become mandatory as ordinance will be effective by 2015.
Several platforms exist that can help a business realize such efforts. Many medical facilities today, mainly large hospital enterprises, are composed of systems that do not cooperated on digital manner that is conducive to sharing pertinent information over the internet, much less with in a network infrastructure. Because medical treatment is such a tentative issue, and because of the technology available to the healthcare world, it is essential that medical information has the capability to be share instantaneously between various offices.
Open platforms are becoming the choice selection for most medical facilities to meet the requirements set forth by the HITECH Act. Because many large healthcare enterprises consist of discordant systems, it is necessary for IT to undertake a project that can connect these systems, or possibly overhaul the entire network infrastructure. As the latter will almost certainly require a major overhead, most organizations are adopting models that are open and free solutions.
The software suites that make up an openEHR platform is a concept that is becoming very popular for achieving the kind of system required by new laws set forth for the retention and sharing of medical data. The openEHR is a concept centered on HL7 practices, which are governed by ISO and further accredited by ANSI. Software that fully adheres to openEHR concepts will help establish healthcare businesses as productive leaders in the medical sector.
The framework of openEHR specifies that clinical information, regardless of specific practice has a place in database that makes it available to systems used on network’s infrastructure. The openEHR concept does not rely on vendor specific information and effectively utilizes open, non-proprietary software platforms for the sake of collaborating applications and platforms which do not innately function in a persistent manner. Though implementing openEHR will involve planning, time and resources, this strive is to help medical organizations function in a more productive manner, benefitting both end users of these systems and patients alike.