Korea University’s Anam Hospital has been recognized for its progress towards a digital health ecosystem, with a HIMSS Digital Health Indicator score that places it among the best health systems in the world.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
KU Anam Hospital’s DHI score of 308/400 puts its digital health system capacity well above the 153/400 average for health systems in Asia Pacific and a North American average of 229/400.
In 2021, the hospital implemented a cloud-based hospital information system, P-HIS, jointly developed by six major Korean hospitals and eight technology companies, including Samsung SDS.
P-HIS has 38 modules, such as emergency, outpatient, nursing, patient management, and aims to unify medical terminology, provide international standardization of clinical terminologies, simplify data post-processing and strengthen security through the cloud.
So far, the system has reduced the time it takes to enter prescriptions by approximately 60% by checking errors in real time to review, correct and/or remove associated errors; a 60% decrease in operational labor costs; 40% savings in downtime technology costs through a pay-as-you-go method; and a 60% reduction in the cost of building infrastructure.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
Thanks to the DHI project, KU Anam Hospital was able to identify key priorities for digital action in the short term, as well as future investment activities needed to further improve its digital health capabilities.
As part of KU Medicine, KU Anam is fully dedicated to improving the quality of its medical services by introducing state-of-the-art equipment and systems, according to Andrew Pearce, VP Analytics & Global Advisory Lead, HIMSS.
“What is unique about the approach taken is the collaboration undertaken by leading hospitals and technology companies in Korea to develop the P-HIS,” Pearce said.
“We understand that nearly 100 Alliance hospitals in Korea are onboarded to use the system. This means that the P-HIS benefits achieved to date by KU Anam, such as reduced operating , improving security and improving data quality, will be extended across the Korean healthcare system, improving health outcomes for more Koreans.”
KU Medicine, founded in 1928, is one of Korea’s leading medical providers with over 9060 employees and students and three hospitals – KU Anam, Guro and Ansan – providing 2932 beds serving over 2.9 million patients.
Interoperability was identified as a strength of KU Anam Hospital’s P-HIS system, which is integrated with 102 other systems, including mobile patient health records, medication management and kiosks through standard protocols industry standards such as HL7 and SNOMED-CT and common data coding. . The MyHealthway open API platform enables the integration of AI-based precision medical solutions, Doctor Answer and wearable technologies.
The P-HIS has been extended to KU Guro and Ansan hospitals with the sharing of clinical data designed to support greater collaboration between hospitals and researchers to develop artificial intelligence models that will promote person-fit health, predictive analytics and new drugs.
THE WIDER CONTEXT
The DHI measures progress towards a digital health ecosystem. An ideal digital ecosystem connects clinicians and provider teams with people at the point of care, empowering them to manage their health and wellbeing using digital tools in a secure and private environment.
Other Asia-Pacific organizations that have partnered with HIMSS for DHI assessment include PERSI in Indonesia and Queensland Health in Australia.
“There had been concerns about moving to a cloud-based system as there was no previous example of an entire HIS being placed in the cloud and many in the organization believed the conversion was impossible, especially for a large-scale tertiary hospital,” Dr. Sangheon Lee, head of the biomedical information center at KU Anam Hospital, said.
“However, the system has been operating successfully at KU Anam Hospital since March 2021. The high DHI score has validated the team’s vision and efforts, providing greater confidence in the direction the organization is heading. .”