Did you celebrate International Chocolate Appreciation Day on September 13 — maybe with a Hershey bar? How about National Payroll Week earlier this month — did you pause to appreciate the folks who produce your paycheck? Did you hear about Red Nose Day earlier this year, which raised more than $34 million for kids in need?
Specially designated days and weeks call attention to causes big and small. And this week its time to celebrate again. Starting September 26, the United States is focusing on the exciting achievements that are being made in an area vital to everyone – improving the quality and affordability of healthcare through the best use of information technology.
At Liaison, we’re incredibly excited to be joining in the annual celebration of National Health IT Week, which focuses on recognizing the value of health IT in the following areas this year:
- Precision Medicine
- Women in Health IT and STEM Careers for Health
- Interoperability Across the Spectrum of Care
We’re proud to play a role in advancing progress in all four of these areas. During National Health IT Week — and all year long — we recognize that healthcare professionals, health system administrators, researchers and treatment and device developers alike all rely on data to drive innovation and achieve efficiencies. We believe that the ability to integrate and manage the increasing amounts of data now available to healthcare organizations, and to share this data across the care continuum, is absolutely critical to achieving a bright future of better healthcare outcomes — on both an individual level and in population health management initiatives.
Now more than ever, the healthcare and life sciences sectors are receiving data from multiple sources — information that flows into their systems in a variety of formats and standards. To realize their data-inspired future, these organizations must make sense of all that data, analyzing it efficiently to extract insights. Liaison’s cloud-based ALLOYTM Health Platform, the world’s first data Platform as a Service (dPaaS) technology, makes data actionable by integrating, managing and harmonizing data as well as enabling the secure sharing of information.
Precision medicine — a departure from the “one-size-fits-all” strategy used to develop most medical treatments today — relies on big data. When researchers have access to multiple data sources, they can develop personalized, individual, patient-powered treatment strategies. Big data is essential to enabling telemedicine as well. In the future, patient data will be transmitted securely to clinicians from wearables within patients’ homes, allowing care teams to monitor health and direct care from a distance.
Within Liaison’s unique fully managed services model, ALLOY Health handles the mechanics of integration, freeing up data scientists and IT professionals affiliated with healthcare organizations to focus on solving more strategic problems. This more efficient use of IT and development talent can help data scientists, IT professionals and researchers, including the women in these fields, make more advances. Healthcare organizations can take advantage of the Liaison team’s expertise and technology assets as they integrate more data sources while maintaining a single flow of quality data.
On the interoperability front, Liaison has been a leader by helping organizations like Georgia Health Connect (GaHC), a regional HIE that was created by the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine. Liaison works with GaHC to provide integrative technology for health systems, hospitals and smaller practices that are looking for ways to ease the friction of technology adoption so that care providers can improve outcomes while reducing costs.
Liaison’s ALLOY Health keeps the costs of Georgia Health Connect HIE affordable for providers of all sizes by managing ongoing aggregation and harmonization of data, along with infrastructure updates to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements. In addition, the use of web- and standards-based services enables providers to use their existing EHR systems, eliminating the expense of new technology and staff training while also speeding adoption.
Better technology adoption rates and outcomes for healthcare organizations at an affordable price — now that’s something to celebrate! Learn more here about how our ALLOY Health Platform is advancing the cause of a data-inspired future in healthcare. And find out more about how others are celebrating National Health IT Week at http://www.healthitweek.org, or follow the conversation on social media at #NHITWeek.