CIO Dr. Shafiq Rab: Why integration goes beyond the EMR

Hear Dr. Shafiq Rab, CIO of Hackensack University Medical Center, talk about where, why and when integration is important.

Video Transcript

Integration in Healthcare

Integration does not only mean integration with the electronic health record. We as human beings, we live in a connected world. That means our lives are connected from the time we wake up, if you have a headache, the rest of the day is gone.

Similarly, when we leave the house, the way we drive the car, where we eat, what kind of behavior we have towards exercise, what food we eat, who we see as doctors, how we behave when we have a problem of healthcare, how we are treated. All these factors come into being.

So when it comes to integration, not only do we believe in a central repository, which is the electronic health record. But also integration has to happen at the home, integration has to happen from the pharmacy, integration has to happen at the doctor’s office, integration has to happen at the hospital, integration has to happen at the gym, integration has to happen at the diet, integration has to happen when we are intimate, and integration has to happen when we are having fun.

In all aspects of our lives, the information should be able to be collected in one place, so that we could profile ourselves along with our genomics. So our genomics defines what is going to happen to us based on our genetics. Our environment defines what is going to happen to our lives. Our behavior defines how we tackle that.