The need for seamless, meaningful data exchange is real. Interoperability—connecting disparate, fragmented health information technology (HIT) systems—has become a primary concern and goal for healthcare organizations. Without interoperability, there’s no meaningful data sharing. No health reform. No value-based care. No change. No improvement. No “better” anything.
The ultimate goal of interoperability is to radically change healthcare delivery — cutting costs while improving patient and provider outcomes. As new care and payment models emerge, the need for easy, robust, and secure information exchange will only grow stronger.
With all of this information flowing, modern health IT systems need a tool that eases an organization’s burden of connecting disparate systems, remote facilities, and integrated applications.
Enter the powerful interface engine.
So how do you ensure your integration engine fulfills all your organization’s needs, both now and in the future? Start by asking these questions of your health organization.
- What are our interoperability goals?
- How can we ensure our interface engine provides value?
- Does our organization connect to multiple disparate systems, clinics, or labs?
- Do we need to report on regulatory measures?
- Do our providers exchange PHI?
After you answer these questions you might need to bring in expert help to ensure your goals are on target and create a workable plan to achieve them. Next, choose the right technology solution based on those goals. Your interface engine should help you:
- Cost-effectively build, maintain, and monitor interfaces
- Transform non-standard data into standard formats
- Connect to any system over any protocol to easily transform, filter, and route data
Few HIT systems can do all of these things well, and at a low total cost of ownership. But if you do your research, you can avoid these trouble spots:
- Costly physical server fees
We provide options to help you reduce cost and maintenance and speed implementation. Leverage your existing virtual infrastructure with Mirth virtual appliance or let our expert operations engineers host your mirth Appliance at our secure compliance center.
- Startup fees that go beyond startup
With a Mirth Connect commercial license, you pay cost of entry, with no ongoing interfacing fees. There are no implementation fees or service charges for ongoing updates. With our multiple service packages, pick the level of service that’s right for you and pay an annual fee that doesn’t fluctuate. And when we upgrade our solutions with industry standards or bug fixes, it’s pushed out to you immediately. No additional fees required.
- Limited access to interface and dashboard
If you’re not fully aware of the capabilities of your interface engine, how can you monitor interface connections or access your system’s configuration for optimal data flow? That’s why Mirth offers Fundamental and Advanced Certification training to empower your IT staff to control your integration environment. Advanced plugins are available to give you the control and flexibility your organization needs. From alerts that dynamically allow you to message different user groups to role-based access settings, you have full control of your interface environment.
- Support constraints
No “one size fits all” support and maintenance fees here: We offer Silver, Gold, and Platinum support levels to fit your specific needs and requirements.
Robert Werner, Senior Interface Designer at University of Toledo Medical Center, is a fan of Mirth Connect ease of use and lower cost of ownership. He said of his interface experience, “We don’t have a larger network of hospitals, so that played a factor in the cost of ownership. One thing that was extremely difficult in the years prior with other vendors is that once you got to 100 interfaces, that’s the initial purchase. But if you tried to develop interface number 101, they had logic in the servers that would say, ‘You need to purchase another 50 user licenses so you can develop 50 more interfaces.’ That was cost-prohibitive for us.”
Keep reading: Learn more about the first 10 years of Mirth Connect and discover where we’re going next.