If healthcare is an ecosystem, how do we get our arms around all that data?

March 6, 2019 By Jerry Rankin

In spite of market consolidation in the EHR vendor space, and consolidation of healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare remains an ecosystem, with many separate participants creating and consuming data. Healthcare is also undergoing accelerating innovation and restructuring, creating new participants and ever more systems with data. Patient data is found all across the community in hospitals, clinics, worksites, labs, retail outlets, payers, and patients’ homes.

We are hearing from customers that this presents a problem to the industry. With the entirety of patient records spread out across this ecosystem, how can we streamline healthcare? We need to hold the big picture for our patients and consumers in our hands. To make a care decision, support population health, share information or drive analytical insight, you need to efficiently aggregate data from varied sources.

Traditional responses to this have included massive “HIE” solutions, cumbersome ETL approaches, and even the notion that somehow the EHR will serve as this aggregate repository. None of these solved the problem efficiently. Even more recent concepts such as FHIR, delivering just the right resources just in time, don’t close that gap.

What if there was a solution that could perform the following?

  • Easily consume data from disparate systems – hospitals, clinics, post-acute care, retail settings, public health, payers—leveraging multiple standards such as HL7v2, CCDA, and FHIR in the future when it becomes more common in the wild
  • Aggregate data into a patient centric record, deduplicate the record, resolve patient identity, normalize the data
  • Share that data with others via CCDA or FHIR
  • Visualize the data and perform analytics on it via data marts

A solution like this would provide a powerful but straightforward foundation to solve that problem of getting information in one place and working with it.

Fortunately, Infor continues to invest in and innovate with Cloverleaf. A great example of this is Cloverleaf Consolidator, which efficiently solves this data aggregation and re-use challenge. It even works on top of competing integration technologies.

To learn more please view our recent webinar on Consolidator.

Jerry Rankin, Infor Strategy Director, Interoperability

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