Care must be taken during the digitalization of the healthcare system to avoid the creation of “information graveyards”. New systems must make life easier for healthcare workers, and not lead to piles of unstructured paperwork
Information must not be stored in an archive – such an approach can lead to the creation of so‑called information graveyards. Similarly, information should not be stored in an assembled state, where it goes unused. It needs to be used in real time. One of the objectives of a customer‑centric healthcare system is to ensure that this information can be shared with the medical community... That includes the scientific community, because nobody can say what pandemics and coronavirus variants may arise tomorrow. It is vital that data is properly put to work — Timur Akhmerov, General Director, BARS Group.
When we write things on paper, and then begin to fill out a medical record in a completely unstructured way, using Word, pasting in some medical notes, it goes without saying that this is not digital transformation at all. <...> A system like this is of little help, and it just means a pile of paper has become a pile of unstructured paperwork. This is hardly capitalizing on information technology. <...> A medical organization needs to create a set of structured primary data which can then be lifted and analysed. And it needs to implement solutions accordingly — Victor Fisenko, First Deputy Minister of Health of the Russian Federation.
Too many IT systems suffer from the fact that the government spends a lot of money on them, and yet the effectiveness of fragmented systems is open to question — Irina Yarovaya, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.