The Digital India program started by the Government of India has the vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has set up the National Health Portal at https://www.nhp.gov.in/to serve as a single point of access for consolidated health information. Although the site is a plethora of information about diseases, trends and the latest research to patients, there are hardly any personal health record portals that an individual can rely on during an emergency or routine clinical visit.
A large number of rural and urban population in India visit the general practitioner or family physician as a first point of contact during an illness. In many cases, the GP dispenses medicines from his stock or samples with no documentation anywhere. The friendly GP or family physician is aware of the detailed health history including family history, allergies etc. of the patient. During an emergency or a specialist visit, this crucial information is all lost!
As EMR implementations are still in its infancy in India, most outpatient clinics do not use it. Here DataLife comes as an important link in filling this gap. DatalifeHealth launched DataLife Medical Records (DLMR) keeping in minds the Indian market.
What is a DLMR?
A DLMR allows individuals to gather copies of their own medical data from multiple sources and create their own portable electronic health records. This information in the control of the patient or individual empowers them to manage their own healthcare and improve their communications with their doctors. This also helps the doctors to have a complete record of their patient at the point of care.
How the DataLife Medical Record differs from a traditional Electronic Medical Records System?
An Electronics Medical Records (EMR) system is owned by the physician or the hospital and the patient has almost nil or minimal access to his or her own records.In some cases, the EMR Company or the clinics using the EMR have a patient portal which shares restricted information with the patient, often holding back details like psychological orientation, HIV status etc. from the patient.
DLMR on the other hand is completely owned and maintained by the patient. A patient gathers all his notes, prescriptions, medication history, lab and diagnostic reports or anything else that he finds relevant to his health history to his own folder hosted by the patient health record company. It is like a safe deposit vault maintained and curated by the health platform. This empowers him and his physician to take decisions in a timely manner.
Most patients have fragmented records from multiple sources such as labs, different specialists, radiology and others. The DLMR platform helps him to organize and manage everything effectively under one roof. This can be invaluable especially in the case of an emergency when the patient may not be able to give important information about his health to his physician.
Advantages of a DLMR
- Consolidated records in one location
- Patient engagement and empowerment
- Informed decision making by the physician as history of visits to multiple providers is available on a single page
- Data analytics: A huge amount of unstructured data can be available for analysis and provide insights into disease patterns and trends, thus forming a warehouse for real world evidence
As people are getting more knowledgeable about health conditions and diseases, they are now more focused towards their health and prefer taking informed decisions about prescriptions and treatment options. The DLMR platform that comes as a way to consolidate crucial health information and have it handy at all times is a step forward to the Digital Health India mission.
Know more about DLMR by visiting www.datalifehealth.com .