Digital ecosystems are the future of healthcare – SPONSOR CONTENT FROM ROCHE

By Corinne Dive-Reclus and Dr. Tim M. Jaeger

Almost everything we do these days has gone digital. The glaring exception was health care.

In a world of more than 5 billion internet users, 67% of whom already use mobile devices, patients are suffering from the slow adoption of digital health technologies. And healthcare providers can see the potential of data-driven insights to improve the way they deliver care. Prior to the pandemic, although 81% of healthcare providers struggled with managing data in all care settings, such as labs and inpatient and outpatient settings, 95% thought it was important to do so , according to a Harvard Business Examination – Analysis Services Report.

When healthcare is central to our lives, why has it lagged behind digital?

The challenge is one of digital infrastructure. The data exists, but unless it’s connected, integrated, organized, and activated, health systems struggle to translate it into personalized, patient-centered health care and wellbeing. Labs and vendors need to integrate data streams from various sources to gain meaningful insights.

But even after a slow start, digital transformation can happen quickly. Despite all the struggles the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to families, communities and health systems, it has catalyzed the adoption of digital health technologies.

The pandemic has fundamentally changed and reinvented the roadmap to tomorrow’s digitized healthcare space. The value of medically actionable information and rapid collaboration across borders is now widely recognized.

And it is also clear that the solutions, backed by scientific evidence, will play a fundamental role in advancing personalized patient or human-centered care. Open digital ecosystems – virtual networks of healthcare innovators and technology providers that connect online and interact digitally – are key to creating access to these breakthroughs and creating value for everyone, especially patients. .

Wanted: A Holistic Mindset

It starts with a clear focus on using digital innovations to integrate health science data. But it’s not enough to connect siled healthcare data between incompatible point-of-care devices, lab instruments and hospital systems. The real challenge facing healthcare providers and payers around the world is transforming disconnected data into medically actionable insights in the face of competing priorities and limited resources.

Successful transformations start with a holistic mindset that includes a diverse network of innovative collaborators and a clear purpose focused on patient needs. At the center of every digital ecosystem is a platform: the robust and open digital infrastructures and services that allow a whole network of diverse actors to share data more easily and securely.

This means not only connecting labs, hospitals, and various healthcare settings, but also enabling interactions with other healthcare groups and third-party innovators. To make this connection work, specialist teams must continuously collaborate with healthcare players and technology companies around the world by digitizing infrastructures using on-premises and cloud-based technologies.

We must approach this challenge within a health sciences context and always with the aim of supporting the entire patient journey, raising the level of healthcare delivery and moving the center of care from a focus on the disease to a focus on patient needs.

Import innovations from anywhere

Once a stable and modern digital infrastructure is in place, an open ecosystem will enable healthcare providers to use external innovations for operational excellence and medical insights.

Healthcare providers can use “safe portals” or virtual marketplaces to explore digital innovations from a range of local and global innovators. They can decide which numeric metrics and data needs, such as workflow or disease management decision support solutions, are most appropriate for their communities and healthcare facilities.

Good ideas are everywhere. That’s why it’s essential to partner with a partner who takes an open approach to sharing innovative science-based solutions and identifying other players through a global network.

Evidence-based digital approaches

Digital solutions are constantly evolving. The proliferation of tools and players in the digital health space makes this field exciting and full of potential. Yet credible digital health solutions require a scientific, evidence-based approach combined with compliance with health, cybersecurity, and data privacy regulations.

To deliver proven value to the entire healthcare community, a digital solution requires close and early collaboration between leaders of healthcare providers around the world, what we call a “life sciences approach”. health “. As we work to create these open digital ecosystems, we can also detect and respond with agility to changes in the needs of healthcare professionals and patients, and demonstrate with solid evidence that the solutions offer real utility (clinical ), benefiting healthcare systems and impacting patient care. .

Navigate the digital world

Hospital and healthcare managers need integrated, secure solutions that add medical information and value to their healthcare operations to improve efficiency, save time or money, and help improve patient care. Digital health solutions help connect silos of data for better insights, drive operational excellence for labs and hospitals, and empower clinicians to make more confident care decisions.

Health systems have waited too long to unlock the full potential of digital health. Patients shouldn’t wait any longer. Digital ecosystems are the future of healthcare, enabling healthcare leaders to digitize point-of-care settings and advance patient-centric care.

Corinne Dive-Reclus is Head of Lab Insights and Dr. Tim M. Jaeger is Head of Provider Insights at Roche Information Solutions.

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