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Is High Availability For Your Integration Platform Worth It?

Disasters are inevitable, unpredictable, and they vary in types and seriousness. For example, water leaking into a server room is annoying, but an 8.0 earthquake collapsing the building where the servers are housed is catastrophic.

Most enterprise-level organizations have disaster recovery plans for their different business units to minimize disruption to their operations because not doing so means direct revenue losses and very unhappy customers.

Are you prepared for business continuity when a disaster occurs?

Barriers To Interoperability In Healthcare: The “Lack of Data Standards”

iNTERFACEWARE recently ran a poll asking “What’s the greatest barrier to interoperability in healthcare? The ‘lack of data standards’ lead the poll with 36%.

What do people really mean when they say the ‘lack of data standards’?

Of course, we all know that there are many standards used for data exchange in healthcare. Some would argue there’s far too many.

While it may be simply a matter of semantics, the barrier in question is more accurately the lack of a universal standard; one that is a true standard and not open to various vendor interpretations and implementations.

Healthcare’s current multi-standard environment is challenging to say the least. But, the harsh reality is that it’s not going to change. At least, not any time soon.

Welcome to Iguana Repositories

The release of Iguana 6 was all about giving our users the necessary tools to work smarter and ultimately faster.

In this post, we’re going to explore Iguana’s Repositories and focus on the role that they play in helping you build stable interfaces faster than ever.

At the heart of Iguana 6 is a brand new source control system, powered by the well-known Git version control system.

What this ultimately means for you is:

  • an easier way to share channels between Iguana instances and team members
  • simple access to a library of prebuilt interfaces designed to jumpstart your projects

Before we go into greater detail, let’s first start with the basics.

Value Based Payments: Technology Counts!

The “Pay For Performance” model is, albeit slowly, becoming a growing trend within American healthcare. The concept is relatively simple; healthcare providers are provided a financial incentive to improve the health of their patients.

The quality measures fall into four categories:

  1. Process. Has the hospital successfully used recognized actions that contribute to the positive health outcomes for patients? For instance, was a heart attack patient given aspirin?
  2. Outcome. What effect did the care have on patients? Did the lab results or the diet counseling help manage a patient’s diabetes?
  3. Patient Experience. How did the patient perceive their quality of care? How do they rate their satisfaction?
  4. Structure. What measures are taken by the provider to improve the facility and equipment used in treatment?

In application, pay per performance becomes a bit more challenging.

Integration Best Practices: Separation of Concerns

Recently, when giving a presentation on Integration Design Best Practices, the idea of Separation of Concerns was brought up. We like to start with this concept because whenever we talk about best practices here at iNTERFACEWARE, we emphatically stress the importance of Separation of Concerns.

So, what is it? It’s when you make sure that any/every component of your interface that does “something” only does that one thing (the Separation of Concerns). Doing this greatly reduces the complexity of your interfaces and makes it easier for you to maintain the code.

Today I’ll look at how you can apply the principles of Separation of Concerns to your own integration projects.

Reducing Readmissions Through Integrated Patient Engagement

Readmissions are a challenge for most hospitals. In fact, over 2,500 hospitals received lower payments for every Medicare patient, readmitted or not. Even with readmission rates dropping since the Affordable Care Act’s Readmission Reduction Program started in 2010, one in five Medicare patients returns within 30 days.

Many hospitals have started implementing strategies to reduce preventable readmissions, but a national study found that most have not seen the success they are looking for.

Building Interfaces Faster

In April, Bret Dawson, our VP of Product Development delivered a few tips on how to best design your integration projects. In it he discussed the importance of Separation of Concerns, local vs shared modules in Iguana as well as the benefits of normalizing your interfaces. You can watch the recording here if you missed it.

In an effort to give you useful content, we’ve been rolling out a series of webinars to help you get the most of Iguana. Our most recent webinar focused on actually putting theory into practice. During the webinar, How Iguana 6 Makes Building Interfaces Faster, Bret walks you through actually building interfaces.

The Impact of Data Integration At Your Hospital

For a patient, nothing is quite as frustrating as navigating the healthcare system and being required to bring your documentation to every department. Likewise, when a simple phone call to inquire about billing or appointments turns into an hour-long adventure of being transferred from department to department and explaining a situation repeatedly, a patient can become frustrated and disenchanted with the entire healthcare process. Customer service and continuity of care is the most important reason to integrate systems and share information between departments. However, integration also serves a purpose for those within the organization, including a reduction in manpower and reduced frustrations when providing patient care. By reducing stress and frustration for healthcare providers and staff, the benefit to the patient is automatic.

What’s New With The Iguana User Conference 2016

In case you haven’t been to our website lately or don’t follow us on our social sites like LinkedIn and Twitter, we’ve been promoting this little thing we put on in September (21st-22nd) called the Iguana User Conference.

Actually, it’s not so little. 2016 will be the fourth year of the conference and with each year comes some new changes and surprises to make things even better for you. Before I get into that, here’s some background about the conference.

America’s Most Connected Hospitals: Improve Patient Engagement With Integration

In this third installment of our Most Connected Hospitals series, we’re going to focus on Patient Engagement. Patient Engagement evaluates a hospital’s ability to provide patients with access to their information and to continuously communicate online after discharge. Questions revolve around patient access to their information and their ability to edit this information, refill prescriptions, schedule appointments and pay online.

To provide your patients with access to their EHR through an online portal you need to provide secure centralized access from various systems throughout your hospital. A robust integration engine is your best solution in ensuring the various data types can be reformatted and shared with your patients online.