Introducing the CHR – Connected Health Record

The health industry uses terms such as EMR (Electronic Medical Record), EHR (Electronic Health Record), PMS (Patient Management System), PHR (Personal Health Record) and SHR (Shared Health Record). Now, the CHR (Connected Health Record) is becoming more and more topical.

So, what is a CHR?

We see a CHR as a way of seeing a holistic view of someone’s health. The healthcare industry can no longer rely on sending information directly from one EMR to another for the transfer and viewability of information. Increasingly, healthcare consumers are becoming more active in their health, helped with the prevalence of wearable technology such as smartwatches and healthcare in-home devices.

Healthcare is now more multidisciplinary and complex than ever before. Different stakeholders require slightly different information and ways of viewing data. Therefore a single, ‘one size fits all’ solution is not a viable one. This is where the term ‘connected’ is important. It is connecting different sources to be relevant and helpful to the person using it.

A CHR enables the information to be shared between:

  • Clinicians and clinicians at the same organisation
  • Clinicians and clinicians at other businesses
  • Clinicians and consumers
  • Consumers and clinicians
  • Consumers and their families or caretakers

The CHR goes beyond the information that sits in a primary care provider’s EMR, it can also include information from the other organisations’ EMRs. Further to this, a patient will also actively track their own personal health goals and outcomes – some of which will be relevant for their physicians to see.

Why Connected Health Records (CHR)?

At Global Health, we have always been passionate about connecting clinicians and consumers. Our 30+ years of experience in the healthcare industry has allowed us to realise the possible benefits of a continuous record that captures the most important information throughout someone’s life and health journey.

Someone’s health is ever changing and has many touch points. Historically stored healthcare data has been siloed and has not reflected the fluidity of a person’s health. This is where Connect Health Records come in.

Where does Global Health fit?

Our portfolio of solutions enables Connected Health Records. It reflects the team-based approach to healthcare and enables the sharing of information between primary care, specialists, hospitals, community health organisations, allied health, Area Health organisations, patients and so on.

Our solutions give clinicians and hospitals the ability to manage their own client records (MasterCare EMR, MasterCare+, PrimaryClinic). They can share this information securely and easily with another, third-party EMR or PMS via Secure Message Delivery (ReferralNet). Consumers can also be sent relevant information and access it in their Personal Health Record (Lifecard), where they can add and store additional measurements and details beyond the appointment room. They can also add family or caretakers to view and/or edit their record. Further, when using MasterCare+, clinicians can also view Lifecard data directly from their own system – without having to log in to a different app.

Want to find out more about how our connected health records can benefit your organisation? Contact our team.