Interoperability Needs And Benefits For Laboratories
With the influx and complexity of healthcare data including electronic health records (EHR) as well as other multiplex healthcare data focuses, there is an increasing need to better connect data across all healthcare systems. With interoperability, laboratories can automatically and instantaneously share data with all other care facilities, remote doctors, and even insurance carriers, which makes the entire healthcare infrastructure more efficient and accurate. The benefits are many. For example, it is possible to integrate patient allergy lists from various healthcare institutions, before the patient is seen. This can increase the quality of patient care. Moreover, it can make this data exchange faster, more secure, less costly and more efficient. Data interoperability will improve long-term outcomes by enabling doctors to access their health records from any device at any time. These are just some of the benefits.
The following are three reasons why digital interoperability is a crucial component of not just laboratory operations but the future of healthcare.
1. Fast, Reliable, Secure Data Interchange
The primary advantage of interoperability is that it can facilitate the exchange of data between the lab and their healthcare facilities, insurance companies, and finally, the primary care physician or patient. Within VOLA Connected Health ecosystem, a laboratory can streamline the intake of patient information and share with all other health care providers. This fast, reliable, and accurate health information leads to improved health outcomes. Currently, there is no single standard for patient health information, so the ability to share data among different health care providers can improve overall patient care. By utilizing these feature, patients will have access to a more personalized and effective approaches to their healthcare.
2. Laboratory Technicians Increased Role in Data Interactions
Laboratory operators and technicians play an ever-increasingly important role in healthcare system. This is because laboratories and their technicians are uniquely positioned to provide critical services, such as genetic testing, drug testing, and COVID-19 testing. Other large data and multifaceted exchange services that laboratories offer include immunology, hematology, and serology services. As more patients and doctors need to receive accurate and fast results from the laboratory, technicians need an ability to quickly relay data. No better example of this is the COVID-19 testing and the results distribution. For future of laboratory technology, interoperability must be on sustainable and reliable technology, and it must be fully implemented.
3. Increasing Interoperability Demand
More health data is shared across organizations than ever before. While there is an increasing demand for interoperability across healthcare organizations, this technology has traditionally lagged in use in many laboratories. VOLA’s technology and platforms aim to remedy this by not only providing top notch technology, but by providing these services and technology at an affordable cost. Interoperability adoption is expected to result in a higher quality of health care and better patient outcomes, which is why interoperability is critical for the future of medicine.
Interoperability will make health care more patient-centric and more cost-efficient. In addition, it also improves overall laboratory productivity. As an added benefit, interoperability will enable all laboratory employees to access and share information between systems. With the growing use of Health Information Technology (HIT), all healthcare facilities can better manage patients’ health information. Many healthcare organizations are now implementing data interoperability to improve patient care.
A robust interoperability solution is a valuable tool for both public health and private sector medical laboratories. Our solutions can streamline data collection across multiple locations and can even be customized for specific groups. With these digital solutions, it’s easy to streamline your laboratory operations.
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Our mission is to support the rapidly growing digital transformation of the healthcare industry. We do this by equipping medical offices and telehealth providers with customizable and affordable technology. One of our key differentiators is our ability to connect laboratory tests into the workflow of telehealth services. Additionally, we have a dedicated SaaS product line to support laboratories and laboratory marketing organizations.