healthcare interoperability

5 Steps to Achieve Interoperability in Your Healthcare Enterprise

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Healthcare’s digital transformation is progressing, but it’s far from complete. The lack of effective data sharing is becoming an urgent strategic issue for C-suite leaders, who need a complete data picture on patients in order to deliver value-based care.

New, voluntary data standards are beginning to make it easier to exchange data, but sharing data with legacy systems remains a challenge. Developing interoperability, where all partners and platforms can share data is essential.

So how do you achieve this? The infographic below illustrates the five steps that will help you accomplish interoperability for integrations and workflows.

 

Clinical Context: The Missing Piece of Healthcare Interoperability

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Healthcare interoperability is commonly perceived as a technical challenge.

And the technical components of interoperability are important. In healthcare, there is a diverse array of solutions that need to be linked in order to ensure that data captured on one system can be read on another, and legacy systems can be integrated into the new model.

But even with wise investments in the right technology, there remains one crucial piece of interoperability that is frequently overlooked: Clinical context. In our latest white paper, Interoperability As a Business Challenge: How Context Has Equaled Technology in Importance, we asked a panel of experts to shed light on the role context must play in a successful interoperability initiative.

 

The Importance of Interoperability in Imaging

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Clinician using enterprise imaging systemHealth systems are learning about the value of interoperability, to both exchange information with providers and also to help clinicians make more informed decisions. As health organizations are considering replacement of their imaging systems, it’s important to keep this in mind. An integrated, standardized approach to image interpretation and sharing is fundamental in the shift to value-based care.

Breaking Down Silos

Radiology is the hub of imaging in a hospital, yet much of the patient data required for accurate diagnosis resides outside the department. An enterprise-wide imaging and communication strategy can connect systems where patient data has been traditionally siloed to extract the relevant and necessary patient information for display in a radiology PACS.

 

The Interoperability Equation: Removing Barriers to Make it All Add Up

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barriers-to-achieving-health-care-interoperabilityThe need for a connected healthcare system and the reality of healthcare reform has fueled our progression toward a more interoperable existence. Many other industries have also experienced a technological “disruption,” but the overall complexity of healthcare, combined with a lack of widely-adopted standards, has made our journey a bit more arduous.

While we have been making great strides toward achieving true interoperability, barriers still remain.

 

Where do vendors believe PACS is heading?

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Vendor neutral archive enabling medical image sharingThe following article written by Michael J. Cannavo was published in the February 2016 issue edition of DOTMed Healthcare Business News and is reprinted here with permission.

At RSNA 2015, hospital decision-makers walked the exhibit hall show floor trying to figure out exactly where PACS fits in their long-range strategic plans. Does it remain as it is today, primarily as a standalone radiology system, does it join other clinical imaging systems like cardiology to become an Integrated Imaging Solution (IIS) or does it become a part of an enterprise-wide electronic health record (EHR)? The answer, not surprisingly, is all of the above.