Taiwan upgrades its digital health from EMRAM Stage 6 to 7

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Healthcare experts in early April of Taiwan revealed their digital transformation stories. Also, they shared their thoughts on upgrading to a digital health ecosystem.

Expenditure on digital health services evidenced a great surge over the years for catering to the increasing demand. That can even attribute to meet the requirement of investing in new technologies. That can evolve the quality of care served to the patients.

The Chief Scientific Research Officer at HIMSS, Anne Snowdon, said, “The shift towards digital- many global health systems have almost shifted overnights to virtual visits which now opens up a very interesting opportunity for helping people stay healthy and well.” She also discusses the importance of a robust digital health ecosystem to support the demand for online medical services and care.

As outlined by Snowdon, the building block of a digital healthcare ecosystem begins with a powerful workforce and governance. That must also follow interoperability of analytics and data amalgamated with the capability of tracking outcomes. 

The organizations can hold track of their digital inability through the DHI (Digital Health Indicator). That ecosystem adjoins provider teams and clinicians with people. It also allows them to balance their wellness and health using digital tools in s private and secure environment wherever and whenever care is required.

Taiwan gained almost 90% adoption of its Electronic Medical Records System for its medical facilities. It also managed to bring transition under the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) to Stage 7 from Stage 6 as a nation in 2019. The Director, Committee of Medical Records Management of China Medical University Hospital, Dr. Pai Pei-ying, says, “We prepared an e-Hospital, integrating the various facets within the hospital such as imaging equipment, instrument automation, and hospital management.”

The country even hopes to develop a smart hospital to take better care of the patients. They also plan to include smart wards, halls, and smart schedules. Two digital health solutions helped to enable the EMRAM Stage shift. One is the Clinical Decision Support System, and the other is the business intelligence dashboard. Pai, on their achievement, adds they “can quickly find the cause of infections and reduce the costs of patients staying in the ICU or wards.”

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