Hospitals and health systems are undertaking the monumental task of integrating data from multiple sources and across various technologies. According to a recent article by Healthcare Informatics, CIOs are finding such integration easier to do with an open platform.
The article features Jim Murry, CIO at UC Irvine Medical Center, and Bill Spooner, CIO of Sharp Healthcare. Both CIOs also shared their thoughts with Modern Healthcare at the most recent Allscripts annual client conference, ACE12. Here’s what they had to say about open:
- Open is realistic. “I don’t believe that we will ever find a healthcare environment in which every single system will come from one vendor. I don’t think that’s possible. “ (Bill Spooner, ACE12)
- Open is better for complex integrations. “As our clinicians have come to us and asked us – they see the tools – and they ask, ‘Hey can you do this? Can you do that?’ A lot of times we’d have to say ‘no’ we couldn’t do those things. The open platform allows us now to build complex integrations and functionality we never could do before.” (Jim Murry, ACE 12)
- Open helps engage patients. “Data and analytics are extremely important…but I think the new wave is around patient engagement… As we reach out into the broader community, where the patient isn’t as locked into us as they are in the typical capitated arrangement. We have to be the most attractive provider in town for those patients.” (Bill Spooner, ACE12)
- Open enables better access to data. “If I have some kind of data in the EMR, but the user wants to access some other kind of data with it and view that together or act on that combined data, we can now do that through these APIs [application programming interfaces], it gives them views they’ve never seen before, or logic in their workflows that they’ve never had access to before.” (Jim Murry, Healthcare Informatics)