Research and consulting firm KPMG recently surveyed 112 CIO members of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) who indicated that IT budgets will be focused largely on gaining efficiencies with their IT systems over the next few years. Their focus on technology investments will target:
- EHR optimization (38 percent)
- Cloud computing (25 percent)
- Accountable care/population health (21 percent)
- Consumer/clinical/operational analytics (16 percent)
- Virtual/telehealth enhancements (13 percent)
- Revenue cycle optimization/replacement (7 percent)
- Enterprise resource planning system (ERP) optimization/replacement (6 percent)
Budget constraints continue to plague most healthcare organizations. One area where costs can be cut is in the management of the legacy application portfolio. By minimizing the volume of legacy EMR, ERP, GL, Accounting or HR/Payroll applications and infrastructures; maintenance contract costs can be saved, technical risk mitigated and labor burden reduced.
Health Data Archiver is a long-term, HIPAA-Compliant data storage solution for healthcare providers in both inpatient and outpatient care settings. A solution particularly well-suited for organizations in merger and acquisition mode, Health Data Archiver consolidates multiple data sources and domains. This allows for ongoing access to the complete patient narrative no matter where in the health system a patient was seen.
At Harmony Healthcare IT, we agree with KPMG’s perspective that optimization should focus not just on technology but on change management with one key question to consider: “How does an information system impact patients and clinicians and support quality outcomes and patient care?”
Our clients are taking important steps forward to shore up their legacy clinical, ERP and revenue cycle systems with a reliable archive that ensures crucial data is available wherever, whenever and however it’s needed. By this, we mean that legacy patient or employee data is accessed from within the current EHR or ERP through Active Directory Single Sign-On (SSO), or, it is accessed in a variety of formats like JSON, CCD, CDA, HL7, CSV or others. Once this data is available in a useful format, it can be accessed as required in population health, research or health information exchange environments. The options for tapping into legacy data are endless, including, perhaps, on-demand ADT queries or other creative options that meet workflow demands at a particular facility.
Is your healthcare organization ready to optimize its IT budget by addressing legacy applications?