Interoperability is a necessity in healthcare today. Whether you’re an independent practice organization, hospital, health information exchange, physician group, or specialty practice, the need to exchange data within your organization and your networks is key.
We’re in the midst of a healthcare transformation to value-based care. Organizations that previously worked independently need to collaborate to share data and provide better care across settings, communities, and broader geographic areas. In essence, you need secure, reliable, 24/7 access to your patient data. With enhanced technology running mission-critical business systems, it’s vital for organizations to operate with the right level of support and management to minimize risk while meeting compliance and security requirements. Your success drives this need.
Downtime isn’t an option and, with interfaces constantly changing due to regulatory requirements, updates are a way of life. The more information your organization shares electronically, the greater the opportunity for privacy and security breaches. These lapses can cost you a great deal; financially, clinically, and organizationally, including negative impacts on your reputation and your patients’ care. Any change can affect your infrastructure – and potentially cause a failure or mission-critical problem.
With new equipment entering the facility and turnover happening in your organization multiple people work on your channels. If you are part of a health organization that connects to multiple disparate systems, such as clinics, labs, or other external practices, could you cope with a server failure, down system, or other security issue independently? Connectivity means that you don’t control all the data from end to end. How are you able to normalize data from sources that don’t provide complete visibility?
If you’re not constantly keeping your finger on the pulse of healthcare regulations with expert-level attention, you can’t do what you need to do to be compliant. When you go it alone, the truth is you’re becoming your own software company. You are doing your own auditing, facing HIPAA issues independently, applying your own patches – and fully embracing your own vulnerabilities on a continuous, intensive scope.
Beyond the basics, you may also miss the advantages that come with expert support and information, such as efficiency updates, bug fixes, and added documentation. You’ll also need access to the latest healthcare standards – and fully leverage the advantages of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR).