You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – wearing green, enjoying parades and decorating with shamrocks – can be enjoyed by everyone.
As I think about St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, the phrase “luck of the Irish” comes to mind. The expression was coined in the days of the gold and silver rush days by less successful miners to attribute the success of other miners – many of whom were Irish or Irish-American – to luck rather than insight, good decisions and hard work.
Just as sheer luck was not solely responsible for the success of Irish heritage miners; it also takes more effort – research, thoughtful decisions and willingness to try something new – to ensure interoperability for healthcare and life sciences organizations.
As the number and variety of data sources expands from electronic health records (EHRs) within a single hospital to multiple EHRs and laboratory and radiology systems, health organizations face the challenge of data-sharing across disparate systems to improve patient care and outcomes. Life sciences organizations are also facing interoperability challenges as they attempt to integrate data from financial, operational, clinical, and sales systems as well as contract partners (CROs, CMOs) to produce actionable insights to drive research, development and business decisions.
Finding the right integration and data management platform to connect all sources of data is critical to the future of healthcare and life sciences organizations. Not only must the platform integrate and aggregate data from different systems, but most importantly, the platform must be able to harmonize the data so that users can easily access and use data from previously inaccessible databases.
Successful interoperability must also address future needs. The advent of social media and the volume of data that includes end-user feedback, consumer behavior and patient engagement, is one example of information that did not exist 15 years ago but provides valuable insights today. As mobile devices – such as health trackers and smartphone apps – grow to collect and transmit health data directly into clinical records, the ability to access data in a meaningful way expands the integration challenge.
One way an organization can future-proof integration and data management technology is to turn to a cloud-based platform that relies on 21st century technology and is managed by experts who continuously update and refine services to reflect changes in compliance requirements, industry best practices and new technology. Relying on expert data managers to oversee integration needs frees in-house information technology staff to focus on their areas of expertise – the day-to-day business of the healthcare or life sciences organization.
ALLOY™ Platform for Healthcare, a next generation cloud platform that solves healthcare and life sciences integration, interoperability and data management challenges, is a solution for both industries. Because it is designed specifically for healthcare and life sciences, it supports the diverse data and collaboration requirements that must be met to ensure success.
Today’s marketplace for healthcare and life sciences organizations is complex and always changing. From compliance with privacy and security regulations to ensuring value-based care that reflects collaboration among providers, patient engagement and cost-effective diagnosis and treatment protocols, the future is based on data that can provide actionable insight.
Which do you prefer to solve your interoperability challenges – luck or 21st century technology?