I was recently speaking with our CMO, Anthony Christie, about the future of healthcare IT as we prepared for this week’s TEDMED event. As we contemplated a “brave new world” in which a doctor treating a tourist in the Caribbean could securely access that patients’ health records located in Minnesota, I wondered, “Wouldn’t it be great if access to your health records was as easy as checking your email?”
Certainly, for the Caribbean doctor, access to the patient’s information would be tremendous. While the concept is good, what we’re hearing from our healthcare customers is that there are issues at the forefront of their minds when it comes to digitizing their data. And providing out of network access to it.
- It is critical that we respect and protect a patient’s sensitive, HIPAA-protected information.
- Migrating paper records to an online format is a big effort.
- With all that IT teams have on its plate, how do they take on this complex process change while still performing their day job?
- Ensure consistency of format from one Electronic Health Record (EHR) to another.
The good news is that as technology has advanced over the past few years, it is easier and more secure than ever to move records over the Internet and into data centers. With the advent of security solutions that protect data within the hospital campus and between facilities, a hospital can rest assured that, with the right network provider, their online data will be highly secure and more easily accessed and accurate than it is in their filing cabinet.
As an example, let’s look at the network communications tools we’re providing during the TEDMED conference, outlined in the infographic below.
Whether we’re passing proprietary video content or your patients’ health records, the experience to you – the data consumer – is the same. That’s the value of having a large network footprint. Important information – in whatever form it takes – can be managed end-to-end by a single provider (or as we like to say, “From the earth to the Cloud”), making it about as easy to monitor and facilitate the safe transfer of massive amounts of data as it is to check email.