The amount of information produced in hospitals today and the number of systems manipulating this information is increasing rapidly. At the same time the compatibility between the different systems is usually far from optimal and getting the right data at the right place is not easy.
The Medical Informatics division's objective is to put the information at the service of the user by bringing the relevant data (make necessary data available and combine with existing information) to where it's needed (point of care) at the right time and in an optimal format (presentation and reporting) and with intelligence (decision support) optimizing both the medical outcome as well as the costs. Working with medical informatics is a classic example where 1 + 1 can become so much more than 2.
Telemedicine is about moving medical information over wide distances but maybe more importantly it is about moving knowledge to where it is mostly needed. Typically the data is moved using radio technology, mobile phones, wireless network, Internet or similar. The big challenge is to do this in a reliable and efficient manner, optimizing response time, guaranteeing functionality, and utilizing the typically limited bandwidth in the best possible way.
Medical Decision Support
Even if the data is compiled into a homogenous environment, filtered and presented in a simple and accessible way it can still be an overwhelming task for the user to deduce the proper decisions from it. This is where decision support systems can make a big difference. Decision support systems can make existing knowledge easy accessible, reveal hidden dependencies, support existing practices, present dynamically validated options, guide user through a predefined workflow etc.
Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR)
Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR) and Hospital Information Systems (HIS) are terms that cover several different clinical and administrative solutions, spanning from smaller department specific systems, to larger solutions integrating several departments and/or hospital information systems. Judex is a vendor independent developer and as such all development is done with open standards like HL7 or DICOM.
Clinical databases within many clinical specialties are widely used today and new databases are rapidly emerging. Clinical databases are a wide concept stretching over many different clinical tasks. It could be a single clinic database used for optimizing workflow or healthcare quality to a national multi center database used for treatment evaluation and research.