Health care is too important to stay the same™.
The i.s.h.med® of today is light years away from the one that was developed in the mid-1990s – it has evolved into a global health care platform that provides full integration between clinical and operational workflows, courtesy of Cerner’s partnership with SAP.
It’s this partnership that is going to revolutionize health and care delivery over the next decade and beyond, as we proudly introduce i.s.h.med as a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering.
In the 1990s, devices performed a single purpose – phones made calls, computers gave access to limited information and medical devices purely did the job they were built for. While it marked progress at the time, people always want more – something to make their lives easier, and in the case of health care professionals, make the lives of their patients better too.
So, from device experience, the focus shifted to user experience – less ‘what can it do?’, and more ‘what can you get from it?’. Through the decades that followed, this has led us to phones that speak to computers, that speak to tablets, that speak to watches, that speak to all manner of things – the internet of things.
This is only possible through true interoperability, and the development of standards like HL7, FHIR and SNOMED, so they can speak the same language. But there’s no point being able to understand each other if they are kept siloed in separate systems, which brings us to the cloud – always there, always on, always available to deliver SaaS, and the home of our new platform.
The next generation of i.s.h.med will merge the reliability of the existing platform, but supercharge it with new, smarter services – decision support, automation, machine learning – so that your hospitals can spend less time thinking about the technology and more about the patients. The patients themselves benefit, with up-to-date records meaning quicker and safer diagnoses and treatments.
For organizations, SAP integration ensures that the patients’ administration and management – including billing – is included in a single platform through end-to-end workflows, ensuring greater accuracy and efficiency.
Moving to our SaaS platform will not be happening overnight – it will progress gradually over the next decade, so that our valued users can acclimatize to the new system. During this time, elements of the cloud-based service will be introduced to augment the existing platform, before superseding it, resulting in a native cloud solution accessible any time and any place with an online connection.
Health care has come a long way in the past 20-30 years – wait till you see where it’s going to be in the future.
As part of a multi-professional team of organizations, Cerner has been a successful contributor to the Healthcare Hackathon Berlin
Digitization is well underway. In many hospitals, multidisciplinary teams are currently working on eliminating paper as soon as possible. It has already been widely accepted that the appropriate transition to an electronic documentation increases treatment quality while minimizing medical errors.
The 25th anniversary of i.s.h.med® isn’t just a time to reflect, but also a time to look forward at what we want to do in the future. As ever, our goal is to improve health IT for providers and patients alike, by increasing the quality of health care provisioning; creating faster, more direct diagnostics, therapy and treatment; and by providing greater ways to prevent illness occurring in the first place.
International i.s.h.med live is always special, but there was extra reason to celebrate at this year’s event in Berlin, as i.s.h.med® turned 25. As with any significant milestone, we celebrated the platform’s history – including a live band – but the main focus of the event was on considering its future, which is undoubtedly bright and exciting.
Two companies and world-class leaders working together isn’t just about the two companies. The combination of technical expertise, data analytics, and knowledge of health care at Cerner and SAP is ideal to drive transformation in the world of the electronic health record (EHR).
Alone, an anniversary is a joyous event. It is an opportunity to pause, look back, gather, and move forward with new energy. But in the case of our EHR i.s.h.med®, it is even more: we are celebrating not only a 25-year success story, which began with one installation in three countries, and is far from being over with around 700 clients in over 35 nations nowadays. Rather, we are also facing the next step in development and the next generation of i.s.h.med. But more on that later.
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