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The various stakeholders in a healthcare integration project

Stakeholders in an Integration Project             Integration projects are often the bane of many clinicians and practice managers/administrators. Often there are concerns that Information Technology staff or contractors essentially hijack the project and control both its goals and implementations despite the fact that most integration projects – especially those relevant to clinicians and staff – […]

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Various ways to Integrate with EMRs

Ways to Integrate with EMRs             Interoperability continues to be a significant topic in healthcare IT. As most in the industry can attest, reality has not kept pace with promises made by vendors and regulatory pressure has not completely eradicated the data silo model that is, admittingly, rather profitable for EMR vendors. Moreover, the costs […]

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The Story of an EMR Integration Project

            It is a truism in Healthcare Information Technology that EMR integration projects take excessive periods of time and tend to frustrate customers. Even for a single provider practices seeking to implement a fairly standard interface – e.g., an admission, discharge, and transfer interface from the EMR to a specified endpoint such as a medical […]

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Obtaining HITRUST Certification for your software

For those working in the healthcare industry, it is not uncommon to hear the often-unsubstantiated claim from a potential vendor or business partner that they are HIPAA-compliant. That claim, however, is difficult to validate as there is no official HIPAA accreditation agency that delineates that an organization is or is not within compliance; retrospectively, an […]

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Basic intro to HL7 standards

            HL7 standards are what make healthcare integrations possible. Without them, the degree of interoperability – even if the current state appears frustratingly slow – would likely be impossible. The most common standards used are the HL7 2.x standards. For those who have encountered HL7 integrations, these are the pipe delimited files that look unreadable […]

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Growing your medical practice by looking at numbers first

When I started managing the revenues for this practice, we were at 4 provider FTEs. Granted, I wasn’t thrilled about the provider utilization and thought that we could do more towards it.. But a month ago, we took on 3 more provider FTEs… and of course, another $4MM added to the quota. As you can […]

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Approaching a common data model for EMR Data Exchange

There are a lot of opportunities for efficiencies to be gained and for new technologies to be leveraged if non-EMR systems and devices were to exchange data in a manner that is easy-to-use, efficiently, timely, and cost-effective. The traditional integration model used by the healthcare industry involves building many unique interfaces. An analytics system for […]

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Product engineering vs IT projects – how do you bridge that gap?

I started my career in a consulting/services firm, moved on to various product firms like CallidusCloud, IBM, Informatica, BEA/Oracle, VMware etc. Then I started a SaaS product firm myself, subsequently, started a consulting / services firm as well. It took me a long time to understand the differences in product engineering vs IT projects mindsets. […]

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Blue Button 2.0 APIs – what you can do with them

            APIs or application programming interfaces have been the future of healthcare for some years now. It is undoubtedly true that – all things being equal – an increase in the use in APIs will make healthcare interoperability more affordable and efficient. Existing point-to-point interfaces that are the historic norm in healthcare (one can think […]