The electronic medical record is here to stay. It would be foolish to think that the healthcare industry could ever go back to paper. Yet we know that the majority of clinical staff isn't especially happy with the electronic medical records systems they have to use.


Many of today's EMRs grew out of electronic billing systems that were only later adapted to capture clinical information. Even some of the best of today's solutions are nothing more than a digital representation of the paper chart model. As information communication technology has advanced, the EMR has often failed to catch up. I've frequently asked the question, why don't EMRs make better use of rich media capabilities including audio, video and immersive graphics (Ref. Bill Crounce, MD senior director at Microsoft world wide). And why isn't information in the EMR presented in a format that more closely fits with the way physicians work and think? And why aren't the solutions much more focused on supporting effective and lean work flow?


Imatis, has always been pushing the boundaries regarding what the modern electronic clinical workflow should be. The focus is both contextual and highly visual, real-time, and making information transparent to the staff that are involved in the treatment. They make the most of what contemporary information technology can deliver through an intuitive, immersive graphical user interface. Our smart call - IMATIS Mobilix solution is a real differentiator on how you can manage and automate workflow in healthcare, regardless of whether you are working in a hospital, nursing home or home care


Our newest iteration in innovation is the IMATIS Visual Health. Instead of pages of information organized as discrete data points, text fields, and chronological events, IMATIS Visual Health takes an entirely different approach. Information is organized around human anatomy and organ systems. The entire human body is graphically represented on screen. Each area calls out relevant information about the patient's health history, chronic diseases, laboratory tests and medical images and how all these interrelate with the patient's current health status. “By using the human anatomy as the main paradigm to organize and browse in the Patient Record, IMATIS Visual Health provides an intuitive and fast navigation system for all users who can then communicate, understand, and see the content of medical articles or electronic medical records efficiently and effortlessly”.


We don't know about you, but Imatis likes to apply much more of this forward-thinking innovative approach to the design of electronic medical records, workflow and automation. Our challenge as a game changer is to continue the thinking outside the “paper chart box” and bring to market tools and technologies that enhance rather than burden clinical workflow and knowledge transfer.


Imatis has together with Professor Bendik Bygnes (University in Oslo) developed a new concept about lightweight and heavyweight IT solutions, based on our multi-speed IT architecture. This is to focus on all the users of applications in hospitals, nursing homes and home care and to provide them with a flexible work space for all type of devices.  


It includes single sign-on, caregiver's communications, real time staff scheduling, bed management, visual whiteboard, check-in kiosks, clinical pathways, patient portals, queue management, enterprise messaging solutions, bed management, alarm and notifications, facility management and room management displays. The solutions are browser-based to work on desktops, laptops, mobiles and wearable devices running just about any of the most popular browsers and operating systems. It is based on a software technology that offers a unique combination of scalability and flexibility to deliver intuitive user interaction and information management. Several of the most modern greenfield hospital projects worldwide have implemented the platform (St. Olav's Hospital, Akershus University Hospital, Royal Adelaide Hospital, and several more all truly digital hospitals). So we have thousands of users already exploring this technology. Should you not want to be one of them?


Imatis has ongoing Ph.D. programs with the University of Copenhagen and Roskilde University in Denmark, is close co-operation with SINTEF and the Universities of Oslo and Trondheim in Norway.  We are also running innovation projects in close co-operation with Innovation Norway, NFR and Region Sjaelland in Denmark and Helse SørØst in Norway, while we are also municipality partners with the Oslo, Trondheim, Skien, Lørenskog, Stavanger and Bærum municipalities.  Imatis was chosen by the Health Minister to implement a large scale response center for remote monitoring patients, so they can live longer in their own homes. Patients with chronic diseases are followed up by the regional and local centers using there access to real-time information from the central response center platform.


Innovations in healthcare - Do we need to re-imagine the electronic medical record?

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Innovation in health

IMATIS' innovation focus patient flow and processes by using design and lightweight IT

Imatis runs several innovation projects in close co-operation with our Customer and Research Partners SINTEF as well as Universities in Norway and Denmark (the universities in Copenhagen and Roskilde, and the universities of Oslo and Trondheim).  Projects are partly funded by Innovation Norway, NFR, customers and Imatis.  The innovation department in Imatis has more than 25 dedicated resources with Ph.D. or Master Degrees, as well as several years of healthcare competence.