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Challenges in providing Integrated Healthcare Services

Abstract: Improving the enduring health status of the communal is the main goal of Integrated Healthcare. However, the inadequate access to healthcare services for a large population accounts to poor healthcare records. The variation in the components of healthcare delivery also poses a threat to patient critical information. There are many such challenges that come in way of providing a well-executed Integrated Healthcare Service.

Integrated healthcare services entails broader acceptance by clinicians to foster collaboration among primary and secondary providers to improve the experience of patients. Most integrating systems are evolving towards eliminating intermediary costs and providing a one-stop-shop service. Healthcare authorities need to identify areas of integrated healthcare and develop collaborative ways of working. The following are the main benefits of an integrated healthcare service:
·          Reduce duplication of healthcare interface
·          Improve accessibility and experience of the service provided
·          Enhance quality provided through a persistent manner
·          Availability of data at right time
·          Practical and personalized healthcare model

Designed to function seamlessly, Integrated Healthcare service requires a free flow of information among the service components and clinicians. Below are some of the major challenges that would need to be faced for providing well framed integrated healthcare services:
1.     Need to understand data and trends in public health strategies
2.     Integration of services
3.     Flexibility of role sharing
4.     Comparative healthcare policy and planning
5.     Understand changes in the working patterns
6.     Collective expertise
7.     Efficiently shared information
8.     Better monitoring of healthcare needs
9.     Eliminates costly intermediaries
10.  Produce extensive management reports and decision support tools

Managed clinical networks need to focus on consequences of system reforms wherein they have to be acceptance towards a collaborative environment. The major need for such a setting is administration knowledge. A high level commitment is required to overcome all these challenges and much more, if there is a need for implementing common and secured information system to help healthcare services interface better.


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