Category Archives: Digital Health

Novartis’ Sandoz goes digital from back office to ‘not just apps,’ therapeutics

how-digital-is-reshaping-the-pharma-arenaPharma’s digital revolution is well underway, and Sandoz is placing some big bets that tech can transform the company—and everything it does.

    The Novartis generics business is taking on digital and data technologies from discovery and development all the way to commercialization, believing the approach can open up healthcare access and improve patient outcomes.

Leading the digital transformation push in North America is Carol Lynch, president of Sandoz U.S. and head of North America, and Mike Fraser, VP of strategy, innovation and analytics.

The two talked to FiercePharma recently about Sandoz and Novartis’ strategy, programs and mission in digital technology.

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Interoperability: building a connected healthcare platform

interoperabilityAccording to HIMSS analytics, the average hospital has affiliated providers using 16 EHR (Electronic Health Record) systems — most often provided by a different vendor.

    With so many disparate systems, interoperability — getting computerized systems and software applications to connect, exchange, and interpret EHR data — remains a pressing issue for the industry. Mulesoft could be the solution.

As we trailblaze the way and reimagine connected care, I would like to share three insights that are integral to the healthcare industry’s success.

#1: Build an ecosystem with the person at the center
As an industry, healthcare has a long way to go, especially compared with consumer-centric industries like online retail and banking.

#2: Integration is possible
Connecting technologies requires seamless integration and that is why I’m happy about Salesforce’s recent acquisition, Mulesoft. It’s a critical component for our interoperability efforts, enabling API-led connectivity and an enhanced 360-degree view of our patients/members.

#3: Providers, payers, life sciences, tech partners and more: We’re in it together
We have to take a platform approach: to see patients holistically, beyond just the clinical visit. This means unifying care around the patient and connecting the ecosystem, including system integrators and application partners who leverage their industry expertise.

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An improved healthcare system is possible with Interoperability

interoperabilityAccording to HIMSS, interoperability is about the extent to which systems and devices can exchange data and interpret that shared data.

    For two systems to be interoperable, they must be able to exchange data and present that data so that a user understands the information and can use it in their treatment and operations decisions.

Benefits of Interoperability
The premise of interoperability is making patient care and data safety better. Other goals include improved care coordination and experiences for patients, lowered healthcare costs and more robust public health data.

But how does interoperability accomplish these objectives?
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