Rajiv Sikka, Senior Vice President & IT Head – Medanta Group
“In an intense, critical and dynamic sector like healthcare, Electronic Medical Record (EMR) helps continuity and optimizes patient care. It achieves this by sharing information across caregivers (hospitals, lab, pharmacy, etc.) and as a foundation for nation-level health registry; essential for effective execution of various public health programs. With recognition of its advantages EMR adoption has increased significantly. While EMR maneuver to scale, the next phase of IT in healthcare taking shape is Beyond EMR (B-EMR).
EMR is fundamentally a system of records around basic work-flow between caregivers. It replicates existing processes into digital world with different degrees of automation, process optimization and operational MIS on top of it. B-EMR is transformational technology for enabling new ways of doing things, doing more with less.
The comparison between EMR and B-EMR is akin to Foundational Vs Transformational technologies. In the field of healthcare, there are few areas where IT led disruptive transformation is expected, such as Tele-medicine, Mobility, AI using Big Data & IoT and Virtual Reality (VR). In the near future, both EMR and B-EMR will coexist. At the same time, with exponential advancement in above transformational technologies, a drift will happen from EMR to B-EMR, thereby laying the foundation for healthcare for masses.”