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Cana­dian healthcare: An rx for a bet­ter data Strat­egy

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Dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy is help­ing busi­nesses use data to im­prove pro­cesses and per­son­al­ize cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ences. Canada’s healthcare sys­tem, how­ever, hasyet to join this dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion.

“In­stead, pa­tient data is stuckin si­los, with in­for­ma­tion re­sid­ing with dif­fer­ent clin­i­cians, ser­vice providers, and provin­cial min­istries ,” says Michael Bil­lanti, Di­rec­tor of pop­u­la­tion Health at Cerner Canada.

“We need data ar­chi­tec­ture that al­lows us to de­rive in­tel­li­gence at all lev­els — the pa­tient level, city, re­gion, health sys­tem, and min­istry level— at the same time, so peo­ple can learn from it and act quickly and proac­tively,” he says.

What Bil­lanti de­scribes is pop­u­la­tion health man­age­ment, which aims to im­prove the health of a pop­u­la­tion by en­gag­ing pa­tients at both the in­di­vid­ual and pop­u­la­tion lev­els. Pop­u­la­tion health tools com­bine data to pro­vide a comprehens­ive pic­ture of each pa­tient, giv­ing real- time in­for­ma­tion to health care providers, ad­min­is­tra­tors, and the govern­ment to iden­tify and solve health care chal­lenges.

A good data strat­egy im­proves care

While this tech­nol­ogy ex­ists, chal­lenges in cre­at­ing a na­tional or provin­cial data strat­egy in­clude vari­a­tion in data gov­er­nance rules and pro­cesses, an in­con­sis­tent ap­pli­ca­tion of pri­vacy leg­is­la­tion, and an over all lackof ac­count­abil­ity for pop­u­la­tion health.

“There are a va­ri­ety of strate­gies and ma­tu­rity lev­els across the coun­try. Canada has lagged in adopt­ing tech­nol­ogy and dis­rup­tive in­no­va­tions,” says Jim Shave, Pres­i­dent of Cerner Canada, adding that the COVID-19 pan­demic has high­lighted the need for im­proved dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture and data shar­ing.

For ex­am­ple, in the united king­dom, the Na­tional Health Ser­vice is us­ing the pop­u­la­tion health tool Cerner Healthein­tent® to iden­tify groups, such as iso­lated se­nior sand peo­ple with com­pro­mised im­mune sys­tems, who must stay home due to an in­creased risk OF COVID-19. They used this in­for­ma­tion to setup pro­grams to en­sure that they­have food and med­i­ca­tions de­liv­ered and that they have an out­reach per­son per­form health and well-be­ing checks.

“The in­for­ma­tion is help­ing en­sure the peo­ple who need ex­tra sup­port are re­ceiv­ing it and are not left be­hind,” says Shave. “They can do all of this be­cause they have the right data strat­egy.”

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