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Laboratory test results influence approximately 70 percent of medical decisions, including diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of patient care. Medical laboratories have always been at the forefront of healthcare innovation. However, to meet the increased demands, many Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) have become increasingly complex and customer-specific, which in turn limits flexibility and innovation capacity in many areas. But what could a modern LIS infrastructure actually look like?
Access to clean water and sanitation is a basic human right, yet millions of people in Africa still lack access to these essential resources. The situation is particularly dire in rural areas, where people often have to walk long distances to fetch water from contaminated sources. The lack of clean water and sanitation facilities leads to the spread of waterborne diseases, which can be fatal, especially for young children.
Diagnostics and the related activity in laboratories are an essential part of the health care process and contribute significantly to better health. But what impact does this activity have on the health of our planet? Similar to any industry, the process of diagnostic research, development and patient care results in a enormous amount of waste and CO2 emissions – these are unavoidable in many cases. But what measures can laboratories take to operate more sustainably?
The rising relevance of data in the diagnostic process brings the importance of data management systems to the foreground. The medicalvalues Diagnostic Data Management System expands upon existing Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) to assist you in effectively implementing a Single Source of Truth and taking advantage of the full potential of your data.
Experience Management in the context of healthcare has gained importance in the past years. Examining fields that underwent a digital transformation in the past, such as the e-commerce industry, can yield valuable insights into the observed trends and the desired outcomes.
Medical data and its collection, sharing, and analysis are now integral parts of the diagnostic process and increasingly important for more efficient and effective patient care. Interoperability enables seamless communication between different systems and paves the way for advanced diagnostics applications.
The standardization of medical data is a prerequisite for the implementation of large-scale electronic healthcare systems, such as DEMIS. medicalvalues enables such use cases and unlocks the full potential of existing data.
Klaus-Peter Weber is a qualified nurse and specialist in surgery with a focus on trauma surgery. He is also head of the Interdisciplinary Geriatric Traumatology/Geriatrics at the DRK Hospital Altenkirchen-Hachenburg.
The idea of personalized medicine, i.e. diagnostics and therapy tailored to the individual patient, is intended to make healthcare more efficient and targeted. At the same time, many laboratory reference values are handled uniformly across genders, ethnicities and age groups. Is a mind shift needed here?
The benefit of standards such as SNOMED and LOINC in everyday clinical practice and for digitization
The digital transformation takes place in all areas of life and makes data an economically important resource. In the healthcare sector, it can optimize medical and business management as improve research. At the same time, there are special challenges on the path to digitization in the healthcare system with data scattered across institutions and inconsistent standards. How this can still be achieved and how uniform data formatting becomes the rule will be made clear in the following article.