The importance of health data consolidation

Health data consolidation aims to create a comprehensive and complete view of an individual's health information. By aggregating data from multiple sources, such as medical records, test results, and prescriptions, health data consolidation enables a holistic understanding of a patient's medical history, treatment plans, and ongoing care.

At Better Meds, we achieve this by seamlessly integrating our advanced medication management system with electronic patient records and other key clinical systems. This integration allows for the efficient exchange and merging of crucial health information, resulting in a comprehensive view of a patient's medical data.

At Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, their mission is to bring the vision of connected care providers to life and support patients in effectively managing their medications. During the Better Meds community event held in London in February, David Chalkley, Deputy CCIO and Digital Clinical Safety Lead at the trust emphasized the essential aspects of collaborating with Better Meds to establish an interoperable system that presents data in a consolidated manner. These include:

• efficiency and time saved due to eliminated need for transcription between systems
• communication enhancement due to all care providers being aware of patient data and medications, and 
• medications delivery improved with better oversight of current and past prescriptions.

During the community event, David Chalkley emphasized the goal of creating a system that consolidates data from multiple sources. This consolidation allows for a unified view of patient information, enabling healthcare providers to make well-informed decisions and provide seamless care.

Through this collaboration, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is focused on enhancing care coordination, improving patient outcomes, and empowering individuals to take an active role in managing their medications. By leveraging the capabilities of Better Meds, they are making significant strides towards realising their vision of connected care providers and ensuring patients receive the best possible support in medication management. 

According to David Chalkley, »this will never remove the need to have conversations with patients about the medications they take and why they take it, but it will very much augment patient care and medications management.«


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