November 13, 2020
9. Ensuring interoperability
New solutions should be adaptable to existing software, standards, and systems.
The fragmentation of cancer care systems is a frequently cited problem in LMICs. The inability to share patient data between or within healthcare facilities and the resulting absence of comprehensive patient information, duplication of medical efforts and slow processes are hampering effective diagnosis, treatment and care. Where healthcare providers are using their own, separate systems and are working in silos, important information stays restricted, rather than being used to facilitate the patient journey and work of cancer care providers to ultimately improve patient outcomes.
In order to maximise their value and ensure a lasting and broad impact, new digital tools should therefore try to connect with what already exists in a given context. This includes, for example, health information systems, local or national cancer registries or other digital record systems.
To ensure compatibility and security at the technical level, new solutions should be adaptable with existing software, standards, definitions and systems in order to facilitate faster uptake and limit room for error. Moreover, ensuring that systems are sufficiently flexible so that they can be adjusted easily once a pilot project has been completed, will ensure local ownership and sustainability.
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