In the route to improve the security and patient experience, Costa Rica has to assume the standardization of health data as a national project.
What does this mean? The possibility of having a digital file that is available for the user, that is to say, that a unique file in which the user becomes the owner of their information and can be used in the health systems and pharmacies if required.
The impact of this practice positions the patient in the centre of the health ecosystem, guarantees their wellbeing and assertive and precise care, signalled Angie Jiménez, Client Strategist and partner at Extendo, which is a firm specialized in data services to develop client value.
In Costa Rica the health sector is actually facing an enormous problem in light of the absence of interoperability of the data because though the data exists, it is fragmented, and the reality is that this is more evident between the public and private healthcare systems.
Interoperability is a practice which is present in Europe and is appearing in Latin America in countries like Chile, Brazil, Ecuador and Uruguay where the first steps have been taken.
Correctly centralizing and cataloging the health data has important advantages to many fields, which can be visualized in a pyramid.
“The main objective needs to be to standardize, to make interoperability possible and afterwards think about data analysis” stressed Jiménez, who expressed that the scope is potentially favorable, especially for Costa Rica which counts on one of the most robust health systems at a global level, the immediate challenge to address is in innovating and applying other technological tools.
The interoperability, that is achieved through data standardization can also be converted into a platform to create public policies that allow the identification, for example, of common medical conditions in a region, the associated factors and with it, work on prevention and also educational initiatives.