Over 95% of hospitals have a certified EHR technology in place today, yet EHR integration still remains a sticking point, resulting in reduced efficiencies, higher costs, and negative outcomes. As of 2015, only 65% of hospitals could make use of electronic clinical information, but only about 4 out of 10 hospitals could integrate data into their EHRs.
How has EHR integration assumed a crucial role over time?
The preferred method of providers to extract data is the EHR after all, and with over 200 different kinds of EHRs today, EHR integration has become a crucial step in the success of data-driven care. Plus, with new reforms in place encouraging the adoption of EHRs and the evolution of apps, wearables, and IoT, there is an expanded need of seamless data exchange.
Moreover, unlike the banking or retail industry, where organizations may be using a maximum of three or four different kinds of systems, healthcare organizations could be using anywhere from four to 600 different systems. It’s not an easy task to make them talk and understand what they’re saying. It’s paramount in these times that organizations try to connect all these dots and try to synchronize the information.
Why is EHR integration still a pain point?
Even when healthcare organizations understand the challenges of having two different systems working alongside each other, it remains a difficult task to bring these two different systems to communicate with each other. Here are some challenges organizations usually face with EHR integration:
Solving EHR integration for the long haul
It takes everything from combining messages with programmed logic to drawing clinical information out to bring the process of EHR integration to the finish line. For the past several years, elves like HL7 feeds and APIs have tried to make this process smoother. Also, several EHR vendors have created open APIs and app stores for developers to ease integration with their EHRs. Today, we even have FHIR sparking hopes into the everlong dream of healthcare interoperability. However, that too, remains a work in progress.
So what do we do? How do we even begin to solve this challenge?
The willingness to share healthcare data among payers and providers is certainly an exciting development. Adaptive architectures like data lakes and the analytical tools available provide the crucial, actionable intelligence required to unlock the true potential of your EHRs.
Innovaccer deploys a unique, Big data-based Integrated Data Lake that enables healthcare organizations to automate the process of extract, transform, and load (ETL). Developing such holistic data management platform is crucial when shifting to value-based care.
A phase-wise strategy for valuable data
There are several data management platforms being offered to healthcare organizations today, each with their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. We at Innovaccer prefer a Hadoop-based Big data repository, a powerful and transformational solution that offers healthcare data integration in a flexible, agile manner. And given the rate with which healthcare is transforming, flexibility and agility are central to survival and success.
Innovaccer deploys a phase-wise integration process to ensure the integrity of critical healthcare data:
Ultimately, Datashop’s Integrated Data Lake assists healthcare organizations in leveraging disparate data to implement population-wide improvement initiatives and create a roadmap for success in the era of accountable care.
The road ahead
The advent of technology and data types in the world of healthcare have really highlighted the challenges healthcare faces with interoperability and integration. EHRs are just a tiny speck in the world of untapped sources of data in healthcare, and integrating these sources is the key to generating maximum value-based outcomes.
We believe that healthcare systems need a flexible, agile, and a scalable solution for their data needs. This era of healthcare transformation requires organizations to operate effectively and efficiently to generate a tangible return on their investments, and Datashop advances with a data-driven focus. This focus has enabled us to achieve measurable improvement in both clinical and financial outcomes:
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