Health Insights’ key speaker, Inderjit Singh, at the regional one day event posited that the benefits of a precise interoperability strategy involved a huge improvement to personalised healthcare. However, interoperability has come with its own set of issues as many compare it to “world peace, as no one knows how to get there”.
So how do we reach a point where interoperability can be established successfully? A digital roadmap is essential, alongside a clear understanding of commissioners and clinicians’ priorities. To do this, Singh states that case studies need to be made to show how effective paper-free strategies can be when it comes to obtaining successful outcomes. It will also involve the creation of a digital maturity index so that progress can be measured and work will have to take place on a local level.
By working together, Singh said at a conference of health IT leaders, that a “synergy between acute and primary care” can be provided as a result of improved clinical decision support, electronic documentation, and transfer of care. These improvements would be a result of working together, a benefit that would allow clinicians to utilise the improvements in order to provide more joined-up care.
In addition, this would allow for better information sharing within an open environment, which would go on to support better models of care that would be founded upon open standards and open interfaces. On this, Singh stated: “It’s about pointing people to the different options that you have.”
In Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire, the ‘Connecting Care’ programme has used technology in order to provide better joined-up care and supported this with better information sharing. So, there are already successful examples of how interoperability has worked to improve patient health and care.