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With the convergence of healthcare and technology, our global healthcare system is generating more data than ever. Add into the mix outputs from the current Covid-19 pandemic, combined with new innovations at scale, such as telehealth and remote patient monitoring; the global healthcare industry is now the fastest-growing data source in the world.

However, what valuable insights can be generated by this data source if it’s not connected and interoperable but rather stored and operated in silos? 

For instance, a local clinician has access to a patient record but an Emergency Department clinician in the hospital does not? The value of these insights could be the difference between a patient’s life or death; and even reduce the cognitive overload on our health professionals, preventing burnout.

Australian health and care professionals are time-poor and subject to cognitive overload. Gathering the right patient information in time to make the right treatment decision can be a challenge, especially when it involves access into multiple health systems, various clinical documents, phone calls, and faxes.

This is where Integrated Digital Care Records solve this problem.

What are Integrated Digital Care Records (IDCRs)?

An IDCR is a system that integrates an Australian citizen’s health and care data from disparate systems across a geography, into a single view. Often, volumes and different types of patient health data are presented to clinicians, along with the unstated expectation that they will review each item of data and respond appropriately in the context of the patient’s overall health and wellness.

With IDCRs, data is aggregated from both traditional and non-traditional sources, enabling clinicians and caregivers to have a comprehensive view of their patients in a single view to make the best possible decisions at the point of care.

With IDCRs, healthcare professionals across primary, secondary, and community care can collaborate on one shared care record and make more informed and clinically accurate decisions in a shorter time, ultimately providing better patient outcomes. 

Benefits of Integrated Digital Care Records (IDCRs)?


Reduced clinical riskImproved patient safetySave time on decision makingEnhanced clinical experienceLeverage systems outside the EMR

Healthcare providers

Population health insightsImproved reportingReduced wait times


Better patient outcomesReduced wait timesReduced ward time

The path forward

Orion Health’s proven IDCR solution, Amadeus is the #1 choice for Health Information Exchange across the globe. Leveraging our core learnings from over 65 deployments across the UK, US, and the Middle East, Amadeus provides seamless data integration and access to all types of patient data in one place. We have established a proven deployment model which increases time to value and mitigates any risk.

Data domains aggregate clinical, consumer, and other healthcare data types (such as social determinants, family history, device, and omics data) into well-defined data models that expand the longitudinal health record. It is secure and supports the latest privacy standards.

It also offers FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) APIs and innovative HL7 REST services for accessing discrete information. The platform allows third-party developers to access the rich data and services in real-time through its API management layer and open, REST-based APIs. 

This makes it easy for healthcare providers to find the right information at the right time and place. 

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