It’s an important time for data-driven healthcare. If they haven’t done so already, healthcare providers need to prepare themselves for the emerging data-centric, data-driven world so they don’t get left behind or need to replace their whole clinical infrastructure later.

Digital health companies are transforming the industry with new digital tools such as wearable devices, telehealth, patient portals, mobile apps and more. Although these technologies have existed for a while, these data-based tools and technologies are enabling lower-cost services that are smarter and more personalised and patient-centric.

The world has never needed the health industry to embrace these technologies more than it does now. While practitioners have long recognised that new tools to capture and use health data have the potential to transform health outcomes, they have lacked the knowledge of, and the access to centralised software to fuel this change. If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s demonstrated that practitioners can become more resilient, agile, and innovative if they shift to digitally enabled business models with data at the core.

The opportunities this shift provides are:

  1. New data streams from new sources and devices offer a more complete picture of patient health and a means to delivering better health outcomes through preventative and personalised care.
  2. Virtual care and data-based technologies are the bridge to building smarter health systems – virtual care and telehealth offer a permanent way to change clinical and operational processes, leading to greater efficiency, better management, and improved experiences for both practitioner and patient.

If practitioners embrace these opportunities and implement strategies to transform and digitise their practice, they will be able to set up an environment that offers better connectivity and integration of data and information. Although this is the first step in achieving a personalised health ecosystem, there are still challenges that lie ahead. But practitioners that focus on creating a truly patient-centred, data-driven service have the greatest opportunity to lead the transformation of health and wellness.

For practitioners to be confident and ready for Generation Data, it’s important they implement a clinical infrastructure backbone that’s robust enough to support the patient demands of today and smart enough to adapt to their needs in the future. As part of that journey, data centralisation plays a very important role and can improve the patient care process.

As practitioners come to rely more on patient and systems data, using it to improve patient care and outcomes, data centralisation is quickly becoming a vital aspect of future healthcare services. To support data centralisation, strong pathways and networks are required, enabling practitioners to centralise their data and store, analyse, share, and disperse it more easily across their patient management system – easily, quickly, and securely.

HealthBank’s goal is to develop a comprehensive solution to enable practitioners to deliver evidence-based care by being able to access patient data in real-time, resulting in timely and more personalised treatment. Practitioners who use HealthBank are already experiencing the benefits of data centralisation, accessing information through mobile and remote connectivity. We work with practitioners to put into place IT solutions based on future-focused patient and business needs. This enables practitioners to embrace new digital health technologies and allows for future growth of their practice with flexibility and scalability.