A New Approach to Electronic Health Records for Children in India Offers Global Lessons

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When Priya Prakash was a child, she had poor health habits, was overweight and had a lot of struggles in school. Today, she’s on a mission to change that type of story for millions of children in India.

Founding HealthSetGo, Priya is the CEO of the systematic healthcare platform that, to date, monitors and electronically tracks the growth and development of more than 2 million students within 250 schools throughout 77 cities.

Intervening early in school and including health education in the curriculum, the program also uses doctors, teachers, and parents as advocates. Teachers are provided program training, while parents are equipped with their child’s continually updated, detailed online health record. This allows parents to have real-time insight into the progress of their children.

How It Works

Every year, children are assessed in the following areas:

  • Overall Physical Health
  • ENT
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Anthropometric (height, weight and other body measurements)

Each child is given a comprehensive health report, and a health expert provides a teleconsultation to address any of the parents’ queries. Since everything is automated, parents can access and track their child’s health and wellness journey from day one, giving them visibility to any medical, social, or emotional needs that should be addressed with the pediatrician.

This data also helps direct government funding into the specific actions that are most needed. Creating this kind of awareness has already seen the program uncover medical, skin and heart conditions that may otherwise not have been detected. It’s also allowed for intervention on common health concerns such as iron deficiency.

What can the rest of the world learn from Priya and her HealthSetGo team?

That kind of ongoing patient data accessibility and proactiveness is something regularly talked about in the healthcare industry today.

Programs such as HealthSetGo make it apparent that providing health information to patients so they can track it and consult with their physicians makes a difference in their overall health status. It’s important to build a robust health record for each person and it is equally as important for that record to remain viable and accessible to provide the most value.

With EHR systems continuously being transitioned in and out, maintaining that robust record can become more cumbersome. Personal health information (PHI) can get bogged down in hospital/vendor disputes, legacy data can be difficult to quickly access, and legacy EHR systems can be left vulnerable to cyberattacks and breaches.

As the healthcare industry takes a cue from innovators like Priya and continues to strive towards increased interoperability, taking steps to ensure the accessibility of not only current but also legacy health data is paramount.

To help keep complete medical record histories intact, consider including legacy data archiving in your comprehensive data management plan. Consolidating legacy electronic medical records (EMR) into a secure and searchable archive with a single sign-on delivers safe and easy accessibility to ensure patient information is where it is needed now, and later.

Ready to take the next step towards ensuring patients always have access to crucial PHI, no matter how old it is? Get in touch with us, we’re ready to help.

Jun 20 2019

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