CHR – Connected Health Records
The health industry uses terms such as EMR (Electronic Medical Record), EHR (Electronic Health Record), PMS (Patient Management System), PHR (Personal Health Record) and SHR (Shared Health Record). Now, the CHR (Connected Health Record) is becoming more and more topical.
So, what is a CHR?
Global Health sees a CHR as a way of providing a holistic view of someone’s health. The healthcare industry can no longer rely on sending information from one EMR to another for the transfer and viewability of information. Increasingly healthcare consumers are becoming more active in their health, helped with the prevalence of wearable technology such as smartwatches and healthcare in-home devices.
Healthcare is now more multidisciplinary and complex than ever before. Different stakeholders require slightly different information and ways of viewing data, therefore a single, ‘one size fits all’ solution is not a viable one. This is where the term ‘connected’ is important. A CHR enables information to be shared between:
- Clinicians and clinicians at the same organisation
- Clinicians and clinicians at other businesses
- Clinicians and consumers
- Consumers and clinicians
- Consumers and their families or caretakers
The CHR goes beyond the information that sits in a primary care provider’s EMR, it can also include information from the other organisations’ EMRs. Further to this, a patient will also want to actively track their own personal health goals and outcomes – some of which will be relevant for their physicians to see.
Why Connected Health Records (CHR)?
At Global Health, we have always been passionate about connecting clinicians and consumers. Our 30+ years of experience in the healthcare industry has allowed us to realise the possible benefits of a continuous record that captures the most important information throughout someone’s life and health journey.
Someone’s health is ever changing and has many touch points depending on someone’s life stage and conditions. Historically stored healthcare data has been siloed and has not reflected the fluidity of a person’s health. This is where Connect Health Records come in.
Where does MasterCare fit?
Global Health’s portfolio of solutions enables Connected Health Records. It reflects the team-based approach to healthcare and enables the sharing of information between primary care, specialists, hospitals, community health organisations, allied health, Area Health organisations, patients and so on.
The MasterCare family of products provides solutions to all critical aspects of operating a health service. MasterCare+, in particular, is an online application that is portable, perfect for managing your practice on the go. MasterCare+ comes integrated with ReferralNet so you can securely send patient information. Lifecard can also be accessed from MasterCare+, removing the need to login to another application.
Want to find out more about how Global Health’s connected health records? Visit the Global Health website.