The benefits of the openEHR solutions are that they are data-driven, while other solutions are app-driven. Traditional EHR systems store data across different applications that increase reliance on vendors to access the information. App-driven solutions also require point-to-point system integration that can cause time delays and hinder access to information.

Alternatively, openEHR enables the separation of data from applications and therefore eliminates data silos, meaning that all data can be stored in one single repository and accessible to all who need it. Healthcare providers have more control over accessing and managing their data rather than having to depend on vendors to do that.

The openEHR digital health platform is fully interoperable (openEHR, FHIR, HL7, etc), allowing organisations to build on their existing applications and create a multi-vendor ecosystem of solutions.

There are many reasons for storing data in one central repository. The fundamental prerequisite for supporting a national EHR as an integrated care system is a data-driven digital health platform with a standards-based, vendor-neutral clinical data repository.

This approach enables a rapid response and deployment with a modular and open architecture that connects healthcare providers with various clinical systems through common and open standards.

The data is stored around the patient in a vendor-neutral clinical data repository. It provides integrated care records and serves as a single source of ‘truth’ for the lifetime of the patient. This enables healthcare systems to work with different vendors to develop any kind of application without the fear of data being locked in.

Ready product can make your digital transformation easier. To implement your own custom solution would require you to develop many of the components which could be time-consuming, costly, and would shift focus from the immediate problems you try to resolve.

By proceeding with a ready-made product such as the Better Platform you can immediately take advantage of all the platform components. They have been battle-tested by over 150 customers who have used the Better platform to manage over 30 million patient records in a clinically safe, scalable, and performant way.

At Better, we believe a digital health platform based on open standards like openEHR is the right architectural approach going forward. It stores health data independently of applications and provides three key features required for future-proof infrastructures in healthcare: a unified application experience, low-code tools to build applications quickly, and a vendor-neutral health data repository. Better Platform provides all three and is the most mature product based on openEHR on the market.

Better Platform includes components, tools, and features which:

  • are easy to use, especially for clinical staff and internal development teams, so they are empowered to build custom solutions in a timely, efficient, and cost-effective manner,
  • are scalable and extensible, support a significant increase in data volume, and allow for sustainable growth across cases and projects,
  • enable constant evolution and management of clinical data models, workflows, processes, and guidelines,
  • enable full export and reuse of data stored within the system using tools and interfaces,
  • prevent vendor lock-in,
  • natively support cloud deployment.

Better already has a decade of global experience in setting up regional ecosystems based on openEHR digital health platforms, supporting over 30 million patients, more than 50 applications, and over 500 health and care organisations in the United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, Slovenia, and elsewhere.