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Narrowing the Gap Between People and Platform

by Greg Park

Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchanges, Accountable Care Organizations and ICD-10 will create massive disruption in our healthcare delivery model. Each initiative on its own is grand enough, but in tandem, will stretch the technical and physical limits of providers nationwide.

Yet, integrating these new platforms and processes into existing workflows will be equally if not more challenging for provider staff that are already stretched to their upper limits. As we move forward with integration, process management will become extremely important. And, questions surrounding integration into existing workflows will delineate those who thrive in this new healthcare environment from those who merely survive (or don’t).

Can you ensure that the data your organization collects today will not become a prisoner trapped in an outdated system tomorrow?

This is a rallying cry to all process improvement specialists: get your fine-tooth combs, clean out your ears and put on your thinking caps. Things are going to get complicated very quickly.

One of the more complicated challenges will be maintaining ownership over historical data. Today’s hospitals replace and implement new solutions every five to ten years, and often pay exorbitant fees to transfer their data. It is common for a Siemens Invision customer to replace their system with Meditech Client Server today, then Epic tomorrow. Can you ensure that the data your organization collects today will not become a prisoner trapped in an outdated system tomorrow?


Finding A Solution

Consider what it will cost your hospital to migrate patient data to a new platform. It doesn’t help that data migration is not made easy by the displaced vendor – their hopes are that you either maintain a footprint of their application (and support payments) or pay a ransom for your data’s release. In fact, I have come across quotations from displaced vendors that I would have been embarrassed to present – and in many cases these quotations far exceed the investment of dbtech’s data archive solutions.

With dbtech, YOU control YOUR data, and can re-purpose it for disaster recovery, partner sharing and more.

Dbtech customers can consolidate silos of data from any platform into our secure and HIPAA friendly environment. With dbtech, YOU control YOUR data, and can re-purpose it for disaster recovery, for partner sharing across firewalls and for transfer into new solutions.

Click here to learn more about dbtech’s data archive solutions.

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