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Integration engine or platform for connected health?

September 9, 2019 By Jerry Rankin

There are many integration engines that do an adequate job of making yesterday’s connections. They sufficiently exchange messages within the four walls of the organization and may be relatively inexpensive.

But is that enough today, given our rapidly changing interoperability environment and the industry’s ongoing challenges?

What we’re learning is that interoperability is all about the future, about a connected healthcare ecosystem. Market pressures such as consumerism, shifting payment models, and shrinking margins demand new ways of doing things, including APIs, artificial intelligence (AI), and process automation. So, is your interoperability platform able to meet rapidly emerging needs, while laying the foundation for whatever challenges may come?

Here are a few important questions to ask yourself in determining whether your “integration” vendor is helping you build a true, interoperable ecosystem:

  • Is the integration vendor committed to innovation and investment in a dynamic and API-driven ecosystem?
  • Can the vendor quickly bridge legacy and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) connected systems and enable you to manage your APIs?
  • Does the vendor enable you to connect operations across supply chain, finance, human resources, and clinical systems?
  • Does your interoperability partner help you gather, analyze, and share the data needed across your entire organization and with external stakeholders?
  • Is rapid innovation enabled?

As we see consolidation and evolution across the industry, we continue to invest in Infor Cloverleaf Integration Suite to ensure it is more than an integration engine, but rather a platform for connected health. Even if Cloverleaf is not your core integration technology, you can benefit from this innovation. Cloverleaf offers powerful standalone modules which can operate in concert with your existing engine, including:

Infor FHIR Bridge, enabling easy connectivity from your legacy systems into the emerging FHIR API ecosystem

Infor API Gateway, providing a single point of control to manage all API connections and protect your brand and your data

Infor Cloverleaf Consolidator, allowing data acquisition, exchange and analysis from across your ecosystem, independent from the EHR or integration engine

You may be interested in joining a webinar later this week, on September 12, titled: “FHIR and API Innovation for non-Cloverleaf users”

In the end, it’s all about connecting the business of healthcare to the mission of healthcare. That means leveraging innovation in interoperability which will ultimately result in the successful delivery of higher quality care, improved customer and provider engagement, and bottom-line sustainability.

– Jerry Rankin, Strategy Director for Clinical Interoperability, Infor Healthcare

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