Healthcare IT is an enabler. Most organisations around theÂ world have envisaged âBusiness Visibilityâ through adoptionÂ of Information Technology and have gone to the extentÂ of restructuring and re-aligning their operations around newÂ age technologies. The healthcare sector may be lagging behindÂ in IT adoption initially, but in recent past there has been a Â phenomenalÂ spurt in IT spending by healthcare organisations.
Synchronised integrated healthcare delivery systems areÂ evolving and resulting in better clinical data managementÂ and consistent clinical information across the healthcare enterprise.Â There is an analytical tool with capability to recordÂ complete vital-parameters data of all the patients in the critical Â care area on a central database server for online analyticsÂ of each patient. Through the same web login the doctor canÂ view all past critical and non-critical events and have furtherÂ insight into the vital-parameters trend of his patient. This databaseÂ server has an inbuilt tool, which analyzes each and everyÂ second of the patientâs vital parameters. Almost 150 bed sideÂ patients can be covered at the same time; the system keepsÂ the data ready to be used by the technicians or doctors in any part of the world.
Advanced Fire Detection System
It comprises of a network of Fire Detectors (both above andÂ below false ceiling), all linked to microprocessor based fireÂ panels and these are further networked to Centralised ManagementÂ Server Console (CMSC). Management console isÂ equipped with maps and location plan of all the areas of theÂ entire hospital campus. Each detector in the campus is demarcatedÂ with a unique address with details of location whereÂ it is installed.
The art is to strike a balance between optimum dataÂ throughput by use of appropriate transmission medium andÂ switching technology while ensuring the network security byÂ deploying firewalls, content filters, intrusion detection/protectionÂ system and network admission controls.
âVista Flavour on the Worldâ
Max healthcare operates eleven hospitals in North IndiaÂ and it is the second hospital chain in the country toÂ adopt VA Vista. The Max hospitals have recently goneÂ live with the implementation of VA Vista, which is the product ofÂ VA organisation based in USA. VA develops the VA Vista system Â and releases it under Release of Information Act because itÂ is the tax payer who had paid for its development. SubsequentlyÂ VA Vista was taken over by an open source Â community calledÂ World Vista, which made it available to the world.
Since the product positioned itself in the market, we integratedÂ the product with our own Hospital Information SystemÂ (HIS) to make it compatible with the way we are working inÂ this country.
The challenges while using such system led to the developmentÂ of a hybrid model. We encourage our physicians to useÂ the system at the point of care; we enable them by providingÂ computers on wheels, at the OPDâs, IPDâs, every area whereÂ there can be an interactionÂ between a patient andÂ a physician. Dictaphones are used for transcription services.Â Helpers or assistants help them in feeding data. When we lookÂ at the data generated in last four months, it comes out as beingÂ quite substantial.
When a patient comes back for new round of checkups andÂ a new physician starts the system, he is pleasantly surprisedÂ to Â find that the system already has some data available fromÂ earlier checkups. The journey so far I believe has been challengingÂ and very interesting in using the system, which weÂ choose to go with. Being an open source system, it providesÂ lot of flexibility. We want to carry forward with our Hospital InformationÂ system (HIS), which took care of patient managementÂ requirements of typical Indian hospitals. We were able to adaptÂ to the system, which were not designed for Indian healthcareÂ industry and we used them effectively in Indian context.