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Understanding Healthcare’s Data Integration Challenges

Understanding Healthcare’s Data Integration Challenges

To achieve meaningful interoperability, now and in the future, healthcare organizations across the country are having to rethink the way they approach clinical data exchange.

Produced in partnership with HIMSS Media, this white paper features the perspectives of three healthcare executives:

  • Darrell Bilbrey | Vice President of Corporate Systems and Business Intelligence | Encompass Health
  • Jim Feen, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) | Southcoast Health System
  • Kevin Olson | CIO | OU Medicine

The Value of Standout Customer Support

You learn a lot about a company when you have to interact with their customer support. You quickly learn how well they live up to their claims of being on your side and their ability to deliver on the promises they made when trying to land your business. Do the right thing for our customer. That’s the philosophy upon which Corepoint was built. 

Migrating from a Legacy Integration Engine

Migrating from a Legacy Integration Engine

To leverage cloud and mobile technologies, healthcare organizations should consider replacing their older integration platforms. By doing this, they can avoid relying on developers with knowledge of specialized algorithmic programming languages (e.g., Monk) and eliminate the need to support platforms that have been discontinued, are no longer supported, or don’t support contemporary integration requirements. Based on Rhapsody’s extensive experience in migrating customers from legacy engines, this white paper describes a five-step approach to realizing this goal.

Rhapsody Public Health eBook

Rhapsody Public Health eBook

Definitions and Acronyms

Immunization Registries (a.k.a., Immunization Information Systems, IIS)

Contain consolidated immunization data in a centralized information system. Data are sent by clinicians that administer immunizations, and are queried by clinicians prior to the administration of vaccine. Many are housed within jurisdiction specific public health agencies, but efforts are underway to allow cross-border query of systems to improve population health and ensure complete vaccine coverage, particularly for children.

 

The Role of an Integration Engine in Modern Healthcare

In today’s connected healthcare environment, the role of an interface engine should enable faster deployment times of high quality interfaces by IT professionals with a wide range of skill sets. With healthcare data flowing through it, an integration engine should ease connections to remote care facilities (e.g., physician practices, labs, radiology centers, etc.), leverage the data to improve operations, allow the adoption and implementation of new technology that improves workflows for caregivers, and uses data to connect patients to their care.

Streamlining Radiology Interfaces

To facilitate communication between two healthcare applications, a modest interface includes:

  • An export endpoint for the sending application
  • An import endpoint for the receiving application
  • A method of moving data between the two endpoints
  • A method for handling the queuing messages
  • A method for logging the flow of messages

HL7 is the most widely used data standard to facilitate the communication between two or more clinical applications. The prime benefit is that HL7 simplifies the implementation of interfaces and reduces the need for custom interfaces.

HL7 FHIR Primer

The HL7 FHIR Primer will help you plan a modern, integrated healthcare IT environment. 

This white paper provides an in-depth look at how FHIR will change the future of health data exchange, including:

  • How FHIR utilizes modern, “lightweight” methods for data exchange
  • A comparison to standards in use today
  • Where might FHIR be used?
  • Where does FHIR go from here?
  • What are the advances in FHIR today?

The Future of Interoperability: Web APIs & HL7 FHIR

Gain a better understanding of the potential FHIR APIs have to transform how data is exchanged throughout the industry. API access to EHR databases allow outside applications access to patient data at the source of truth, permitting new methods to interact with the data that offer exciting opportunities for interoperability

This white paper details how providers can leverage API integration to reap the benefits of APIs alongside HL7 FHIR, which, when used together, will standardize API data exchange across the industry.

APIs in Healthcare

This white paper serves as an educational resource to healthcare providers and technology staff about APIs, and covers the following topics:

  • Definition of an API
  • API Benefits for Providers
  • The new API strategy
  • Unique healthcare challenges
  • Hybrid integration environment
  • Where do we go from here?

Improving patient-centric measurement in value-based care

The healthcare industry is shifting towards value-based care models, but how we measure value is still stuck in the past. Over the last few decades, healthcare has built up a preponderance of process measures, but remains lacking in effective outcomes measures. Despite widespread adoption of EHRs and the technology needed to make data interoperable, most health systems still fare poorly at measuring anything that happens after the patient leaves their facilities.

Innovative ways radiology practices improve workflow

Because health data is the cornerstone of value-based care, it’s no surprise that data interoperability is in high demand. And, because radiology has a longer history incorporating modern technology in its daily activities, Corepoint and Rhapsody customers are leading the way in providing innovative solutions to better connect with their business partners.

Preparing for the on-demand future of health care

A connected foundation

Preparing for the on-demand future of health care

High-quality, sustainable health IT systems must depend on a strategic data framework that serves as the health data platform to interoperate between applications. While much attention has been placed on the EHR system, we believe Corepoint Integration Engine serves as the catalyst for all health data activities and allows IT departments to break free from EHR “data silos” and gain full control of their health data.

Once health data is centralized through Corepoint Integration Engine, the IT team is empowered with full knowledge of system performance and the enormous amount of health data generated every day.

Create Interoperability with any EHR

Lyniate solutions are transforming the way hospitals and clinics meet their interoperability and operational challenges.

No matter which EHR is in use, healthcare providers of all sizes are accomplishing the interoperability goals with Lyniate.

  • Seamlessly exchange data with any EHR system.
  • Ease of use means support staff can monitor and manipulate individual messages.

HIMSS Analytics Report: Current State of Health Data Interoperability in the U.S. Trends, Challenges and Strategies for Success

Corepoint Health Commissioned HIMSS Analytics to conduct an independent focus group of health IT executives to provide a snapshot of current strategies, successes, and challenges affecting the industry today.

  • Focus group participants represented hospitals ranging in size from 275 beds to 722 beds.
  • Key findings in the report include frustrations over the readiness of external data exchange partners, including health information exchange (HIE) organizations and other provider organizations.

Improve PHI security using a modern interface engine

Data breaches and HIPAA violations come in all forms. Those most likely to make the news involve a hack from outside sources and hundreds of thousands of missing patient records. As CIOs know, there are many PHI breaches that can occur daily that involve only a handful of patient records. These “minor” violations have as much potential to violate a patient’s rights and harm the reputation of the hospital as any breach that makes the daily news.

One helpful safeguard is the organization’s interface engine. If it is the data within the patient’s health record that is of interest, what better place to look to see who has accessed PHI, what portions of the record they viewed, and what actions were taken with the data than the software responsible for routing the data from application to application?

Integration Engines: Conquering Interoperability Challenges

Integration Engines: Conquering Interoperability Challenges

Hospitals are making significant strides towards achieving their interoperability goals despite a growing list of complex challenges. Increased mergers and acquisitions along with demands for greater integration between internal applications and external partners, makes the integration engine one of the most critical resources used by hospitals today.

This white paper offers perspectives from hospitals across the United States on how integration engines are being used Integration Engines: Conquering Interoperability Challenges Thumbnailto conquer the challenges associated with interoperability.

This 2015 report, produced in partnership with HIMSS Media, highlights how leading hospitals are conquering their interoperability challenges.

Untangling Consolidated CDA in Meaningful Use Stage 2

Consolidated CDA merged onto the scene with the announcement of the final rule for Meaningful Use Stage 2 in February 2012. A term unheard of by most before the final rule, C-CDA was an attempt to correct some of the difficulties of the CCD version mandated for Meaningful Use Stage 1. As of 2014, Consolidated CDA remains a Draft Standard for Trial Use, which has drawn some criticism, but it still offers many advantages over standards used in Meaningful Use Stage 1.

Consolidated CDA is a compilation of nine different types of documents, including a revised CCD, and is utilized to construct the summary documents for Meaningful Use Stage 2. This paper serves to untangle some of the terminology around Consolidated CDA, including answering:

  • How is Consolidated CDA different from CDA?
  • How is CCR related to CCD and CDA?
  • Summary of Care, Patient Summary, Clinical Summary and Export Summary: What are they?

What are the high level goals of healthcare interoperability?

This white paper examines the three stages of the government’s Meaningful Use program and the steps that health care organizations can take to successfully go beyond the requirements and create a modern health data system.

Strategic Data Framework

Healthcare searches for IT stability to manage and implement change

Everyone involved in health IT knows that the industry is in a period of market consolidation and transformation. These moves pose many challenges for health IT.

  • Hospitals are acquiring not only other hospitals but also physician practices
  • Medical providers are opening accountable care practices alongside traditional fee-for-service models
  •  EHR vendors are consolidating
  • Insurers continue to grow to keep pace with large health systems

How is it possible to become innovative during such tumultuous times?

The New Radiology Rallying Point: A Logical Model for Creating Leverage in Radiology Operations


New economic and competitive pressures, along with increased customer intensity, have driven radiology organizations to re-evaluate strategic and operational plans and implement new ways to address these changes.

An integrated workflow provides a solid foundation on which to add new applications and deliver innovative services to your referring physician community.

Absent a robust foundation, implementation costs can escalate without realizing tangible results.

A Platform for Healthcare IT Innovation

Achieving Your Strategic Objectives with the Right Infrastructure

Strategic plans: the core of business operations

Most hospitals, radiology groups, and other healthcare organizations have a strategic plan.

Strategic plans carry a heavy responsibility in that they define the direction for a healthcare organization over the next three to five years.

The objectives might include:

  • Improving patient care
  • Increasing outreach
  • Controlling costs
  • Improving operational capacity

Making References Labs More Competitive and Profitable with an Integration Engine

The Advantages of an Integration Engine for Reference Labs

Strengthening and streamlining the community of referring physicians

Why are healthcare reference labs using an HL7 interface engine for electronic data exchange more competitive and profitable than labs using a paper-based data exchange method?

Reference lab managers searching for ways to electronically receive orders and send results to their clients can use this paper to:

  • Confirm current interfacing challenges including:
    • Paper and electronic workflow
    • Reasons to shift from paper to electronic
    • Electronic messaging issues
  • Understand the role of an interface engine within a reference laboratory
  • Discover the advantages delivered by an interface engine
  • Learn the attributes of a quality interface engine
  • Realize that the Corepoint Integration Engine is an ideal interface engine solution

Rethinking Radiology Workflow

Automating workflow processes

Imaging centers are targeting both internal and external workflow to gain significant improvement in service delivery and, at the same time, making progress toward the realization of the electronic health record.

Workflow improvements also are proving to decrease operational costs. Making this possible are new alternatives available to imaging centers that offer the option of a more proactive, efficient and profitable planning and design process.

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