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Iguana User Conference 2016 Recap

Another year, another successful Iguana User Conference in the books.

From the great presentations and networking activities to the beautiful night at the CN tower, we hope that everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves. More importantly, we hope that attendees walked away from the conference with some actionable insights from each presentation. For those who were not able to make it this year, we’ve got a quick recap for you along with some of the memorable moments from the event.

Disaster Recovery vs. High Availability vs. Fault Tolerance: What are the Differences?

When it comes to thinking about your organization’s backup plan for when your systems and applications go down, there are three terms that you are likely to hear a lot: disaster recovery, high availability, and fault tolerance.

While these terms are related to one another, it is worthwhile to know the differences between them and understand the role that they play in keeping your systems online. Today we’ll define what each term means, demonstrate what it looks like in action, and explain why it is important to the success of your organization.

Workflow Improvements: The Domino Effect of Implementing a Modern Integration Engine

Implementing a modern integration engine can do wonders for improving operational efficiencies in hospitals. Everything from happier and more productive nurses to higher patient satisfaction and huge costs savings can be accomplished by using an integration engine that connects all of your systems. The key to achieving all of these things is to realize the domino effect that one workflow improvement can have on the rest of your hospital.

Let me explain.

How Fast Can Your IT Infrastructure Handle Bundled Payments?

Everyone in the healthcare industry is talking about the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative set up by the CMS. With over 75% of hospitals in America using EHRs, being able to comply with the initiative will require great focus on IT. Specifically, hospitals will need to ensure every department is well connected to one another, to central billing systems, and to the patient’s EHR. Essentially, for hospitals to comply, they will need to focus heavily on interoperability.

First and foremost, hospitals need to understand their capabilities and limitations within their integration landscape. Most hospitals with an EHR system also have an integration engine – many have more than one.

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.