Why do we need to integrate data?
DISI recognizes that patients move through various points of service in a health system, such as labs, pharmacies, and health facilities. Patient data is collected at each of these points of service, sometimes using varied digital health information systems.
- The main goal of the DISI approach is to integrate patient data from the different sources in order to create a single, accurate, longitudinal patient record that supports improved patient care.
- By accurately and effectively identifying patients and matching them to their sensitive health information, we can reduce the number of errors and duplicate records.
- This practice also reduces delays and costs - to both the health system and the patients in question - that are caused by repeated testing.
Ultimately, improved patient data quality enables better data visualization and analysis which supports health providers to make better informed decisions for patient care. From the programmatic or national perspective, improved patient data quality enables a shift towards more patient-centered digital health systems, more responsive resource allocation and better policy making.
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