In case you have any doubt, when you are building your Venn diagram of healthcare, your third influencer on the quality of care, after patients and providers, should be technology.
Technology can be the deciding factor in the perception, cost, and outcome of any healthcare engagement. Technology can elevate the experience to something positive or plunge it into frustration. In either outcome, the impact on the patient’s perception and the provider’s bottom-line can be long lasting.
For any of you that missed my recent post about how Healthcare Needs A Moonshot, I’m pretty passionate about the role technology can play in improving healthcare.
I’ve also been fortunate enough to attend some recent healthcare technology conferences, one of which was the forward-looking Dev4Health conference at Cleveland’s Global Center for Health Innovation.
It was at this conference where I was introduced to some of the many platforms and players vying to transform this industry. In my subsequent research, there are four disruptors that keep coming up that you should have on your radar. Each plays an important role in the critical area of integration and interoperability.
Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources - FHIR (pronounced “Fire”) isn’t a vendor, it is the latest standard coming out of the HL7 (Health Level Seven) group. Unlike its predecessors, HL7 versions 2.x, 3.x and CDA, FHIR utilizes modern API architecture and web technology. This includes a standard for a RESTful API, data models, and formats including JSON and XML. FHIR is designed to support mobile and web-based healthcare capabilities and its growing adoption provides a foundation for each of the following standards and technologies.
SMART - Scalability is one of the biggest barriers to technical innovation in healthcare. With each hospital and each EHR implementation, there is a new set of obstacles to implementing solutions that have proven effective elsewhere. That is where the non-profit SMART (an acronym for “Substitutable Medical Applications, Reusable Technologies”) comes in. The SMART platform provides open standards and open source tools for developers building apps that interact with EHRs and a publicly accessible app gallery for providers to find those apps.
Redox - Redox, a commercial company, has taken a very different approach to addressing the integration challenges between EHR systems and healthcare applications. They’ve created a SaaS platform that acts as a healthcare provider’s single access point for all applications that need access to health records, eliminating the need to create and maintain separate integrations for each application. Redox articulates their value proposition for healthcare providers as that it cuts implementation times from six-months down to one-month or less, allows easy access to 1000+ partner solutions, and reduces the bottleneck reliance on strained EHR engineers. Each of these benefits are critical to healthcare organizations looking to innovate.
Datica - The heavy compliance burden of HIPAA, HITRUST, GDPR, and GxP has contributed to healthcare falling well behind the curve on both cloud infrastructure and DevOps adoption, two major requirements of sustainable digital innovation. Through their hosted Platform-as-a-Service, Datica enables development teams to focus on creating solutions faster by providing a security and compliance layer on top of the leading container orchestration platform, Kubernetes. With a goal of relieving “the burden of compliance so teams can focus on bettering patient outcomes,” Datica assumes the responsibilities of compliance so that innovators can innovate.
Each of these disruptors plays a slightly different role in addressing the underlying obstacle of integration, and each can play an important role in a healthcare organization’s innovation strategy.
As Director of Digital Strategy, James helps Small Footprint’s clients embrace digital disruption by creating the best solutions for their company, their market, their employees, and their customers. Serving in a variety of roles, including Director of Digital Experience for a leading Ad agency and interim CEO of a startup, James has a track record of leading talented teams to create breakthrough products. He utilizes blue-sky thinking, a passionate empathy for the user, and an appreciation for data to identify unexpected opportunities to solve human problems with digital tools. His nearly 20 years of experience includes working with major brands such as Unilever/Tresemme, GoArmy.com, CSX, PepBoys, HondaJet, SunTrust and Volunteers of America.
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