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Real-Time Data Sharing Supports Improved Patient Care

Enabling real-time data sharing supports clinician collaboration and reduces the number of visits to improve patient care.

Real-time data sharing increases clinician collaboration, improves patient care.

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA) and Image Steam Medical announced their joint virtual presence solution, MedPresence, which allows clinicians to virtually collaborate using real-time data sharing.

The tool connects clinicians working together locally or around the world by connecting them virtually. MedPresence gives patients access to specialized care teams that they would normally be unable to contact due to location.

The tool’s real-time sharing feature also cuts down on the amount of follow-up interactions needed saving organizations money by reducing readmission.

"Our mission is about innovating to create simple ways for clinicians to connect with each other and sources of visual insight,” Stream Medical CEO Eddie Mitchell said in a statement. "Leveraging virtual experts elevates care team expertise, and protects the patient care environment by reducing room crowding, eliminating security and access concerns, and lowering a patient's infection risk.”

MedPresence aims to connect clinicians and to facilitate an environment that allows them to communicate and work together naturally. Mitchell stated that supporting natural interaction is the key to improving teamwork and efficiency.

Olympus Medical Systems President Todd Usen said that MedPresence has the potential to improve efficiency and the level of surgical expertise by assembling highly qualified teams using virtual connections. This includes remote clinical consultations, tele-mentoring, care standardization programs, in-case application support, and new equipment training.

MedPresence real-time technology includes privacy mode, allowing clinicians to collaborate and share information while remaining HIPAA compliant.

Opening up communication through virtual means requires near real-time data sharing and analytics so each clinician is on the same page regardless of where he or she is located.

The benefits of real-time data sharing and analytics are becoming clear for healthcare analytics and collaboration.

Many organizations are looking into health IT infrastructure solutions that support real-time data. True real-time analytics hasn’t been achieved yet, by near real-time analytics helps organizations overcome interoperability issues and provides patients with quicker results.

Real-time data lets clinicians collect, analyze, and decide on a patient’s condition during their initial interaction. Real-time environments lower costs by avoiding the bulk processing and the overnight loading into data warehouses.

Real-time environments also help with data governance, making sure the information entered is correct. If organizations can address data governance upfront, it solves a lot of problems concerning data quality.

However, many organizations still struggle with integrating data from a vast amount of resources. The introduction of Internet of Things (IoT) devices into healthcare networks, along with the various records that may belong to each individual patient, make it difficult to gain a holistic view of a patient’s medical history.

Organizations need to overcome interoperability issues among EHRs, as well as integrating legacy EHRs with analytics solutions, to truly take advantage of real-time data analytics.

WhamTech CTO and Senior Vice President Gavin Robertson told HITInfrastructure.com virtualization is a way for organizations to embrace real-time analytics while contending with data from multiple resources.

“Virtualization means that as adaptors are built, data management fundamentals are addressed at the edge next to the data source,” Robertson explained. “Any time a user needs data from that data source, it’s already addressed the data management fundamentals. It’s like a distributed parallel processing network that leaves data in sources.”

“Only when the information is needed at a companywide, department, or individual level is it retrieved from the source systems and delivered to the end user with all the data management fundamentals addressed.”

Real-time solutions are capable of connecting clinicians around the world and support collaboration. However, healthcare organizations need to solve interoperability issues to take full advantage of the technology so clinicians have access to all of a patient’s information.