Standards are the basis on which effective policies are built in any organization or system. Globally, health systems are built by workable and acceptable standards. The quality of services received by the public is grossly driven by the standards established in sensitive topics such as medication management, leadership structure, governance, prevention and control of infection, quality and use of devices, and more. A high quality, reliable, and accessible healthcare system is directly proportional to the standards provided by policymakers.
Additionally, health care organizations can cut down the cost of implementation by tuning up integration projects. By so doing, the sector will be positioned to take advantage of common ideals that will ensure workable standards. When it comes to electronic health record systems, there seems to be a deviation from the above scenario owing to the challenge of integrating the various standards being operated. In the healthcare sector, there are several standalone standards such as:
The huge EHR market has at its center an interoperability challenge. There have been complications over the interplay between divergent systems. Software producers may not have enough motivation economically to create products with competing aids. Also, rival organizations that may eventually want to interchange records might as well be faced with the challenges of disparities already found in the vendor products. Organizations shy away from sending internal data to outside bodies as such transferring data to outside systems may not come easy to many organizations.
We have nursing homes, retail clinics, hospitals, individual practices and other numerous healthcare bodies out there, all of which require electronic recordkeeping of some sort. The specifications as per their individual needs also differ. For example, the average hospital may need a specific device that permits different departments to exchange effective communication while a private practice requirement might barely focus on the patient’s medical history, present health status, and treatment prescriptions. In the same manner, other forms of medical organizations mentioned above might have each of their own specific needs.
In the field of healthcare, there are organizational needs for specifications and set features based on established structures. However, there has been some form of government intervention following reactions from the public. So all hope is not lost. Healthcare systems are compelled to implement multiple EHR systems throughout the different aspects of their activities. Companies are encouraged to change directions and initiate new modules and systems of care. There could also be the need for merger acquisitions that will be expected to provide better solutions to the interoperability challenge. Major EHR merchants have bought into the idea of standardized frameworks. There is an increased willingness to cooperate. Indeed, there seems to be a guarantee for creating interoperability in future productions.
So far, many leading vendors have been signing into the framework for better interoperability. Though this may cut down the EHR market place, it is a very welcome development. This shows particular potential for organizations plagued with decision challenges. Nevertheless, by the time these health products are interconnected and interrelated, the risks of making a bad purchase would have been reduced. Mergers to system switches would have become easier also. The only permanent thing in life is change and when the change is for the better, society becomes the ultimate beneficiary.