The electronic medical record is an integral part of patient management system and has been constantly evolving since its development in 1972. In today’s world of constant technological advancement, especially in the field of data storage and sharing, the form and format of EMR has considerably evolved.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) held a panel discussion on 15th September 2020, as a part of their series focused on the private health sector in emerging markets, to discuss the potential of EMR (Electronic Medical Records), current challenges faced in emerging markets, and ways to integrate this with current systems used in hospitals.
The panelists consisted of Mr Cris Ross, CIO, Mayo Clinic, USA, Mr. Gilberto Guzman, Former CEO of Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas, Nicaragua and Ms. Ifeoluwa Olokode, Head of Partnerships, Helium Health, Nigeria. Several insights emerged from this discussion and are summarized below
In India’s context, the adoption of EMR has been drastically low. This is due to several gaps in the system-lack of awareness & computer literacy, perceived high cost of implementation, lack of technological resources and complicated EMR interfaces,legacy issues to adopt new systems.The usage of EMR is limited to the big corporate hospitals in the metro cities and some select states and districts in India.
These challenges must be tackled head on, especially with initiatives like Ayushman Bharat presenting a valuable opportunity for building a person-centered health system. When fully implemented Ayushman Bharat will be the world’s largest healthcare program that is digitally driven. All signs indicate that it is India’s time toshow its digital savviness and its healthcare capabilities.
The hospital sector would be one of the most interesting opportunities to create value and impact. This opportunity will be for those organisations who will embrace technology and EMR will be integral to their technology platform.
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