Hospitals in China are now able to use Telstra's analytics tools to improve patient care.
The move is the result of a five-year agreement between Telstra Health — the e-Health division of Australian telco Telstra — and the Shanghai Institute of Medical Quality, a non-profit organisation that aims to improve hospital management efficiency and patient satisfaction through data analysis and business intelligence.
As part of the collaboration, clinicians and hospitals managers will be able to access Telstra Health's Quality Investigator programme to easily measure and analyse mortality, re-admission rates, and length of stay. This will help healthcare organisations improve clinical quality and patient safety.
In addition, Shanghai General Hospital has joined Telstra Health's Global Comparators network, which brings together senior clinicians and managers from leading hospitals worldwide to share knowledge and best practice to improve patient care. The hospital is the first Asian participant in the network, which carries out research collaborations to tackle problems encountered by healthcare systems worldwide, according to Telstra.
According to Dr Adrian Nowitzke, Head of Health Informatics at Telstra Health, the partnership will pave the way for more integrated patient care, and provide new opportunities for Chinese clinicians and hospital managers to exchange knowledge and experience.
"China is planning a huge expansion of healthcare provision over the coming years; [by 2020, it plans to provide affordable healthcare for its entire 1.4 billion population. To achieve this goal,] hospitals will require increasingly sophisticated tools to help them understand and plan for the health needs of their communities. We look forward to helping China's hospitals improve patient care through better use of technology, and welcoming Chinese experts into our global knowledge-sharing network, Global Comparators," he said.
"Like many other [hospitals] around the world, we want to be able to understand the health needs of our population so that we can provide excellent and appropriate care whenever it is needed. Telstra Health's tools will allow us to visualise our data more effectively. We are also excited to have joined the Global Comparators network, which will allow us to collaborate with other leading hospitals on projects that lead to real improvements in patient care globally," said Bo Wang, Secretary General of the Shanghai Institute of Medical Quality and Shanghai Medical Innovation and Development Foundation.
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