IT innovation has a significant impact across all industries, however one space in particular where innovation can play a crucial role is healthcare. Without a doubt, healthcare professionals are continually looking for ways to better the quality of patient care while increasing productivity and cutting costs.
Healthcare is an industry where IT innovation has truly life changing (and saving!) potential. However, with strict compliance and HIPAA regulations to address, it can often be difficult to replace old solutions or implement new ones. However, many healthcare professionals are discovering that upleveling IT practices, especially integration methodology, boosts efficiency and the company’s bottom line, while at same time allowing them to provide better patient care.
Let’s focus on how data integration specifically plays a role in this.
When organizations can communicate more easily and effectively with other healthcare providers, patients have a better experience and can receive more timely care as medical records can be seamlessly shared and payment information more quickly processed. Not only this, but better decisions regarding patient care can be made when doctors and other decision makers have all of the relevant information in front of them more quickly.
Seamless IT integration enables public entities, local agencies and central offices to collaborate effectively—speeding up processes, reducing costs and facilitating better, real-time communication, all of which ultimately cuts costs and improves efficiency across the business.
The key to these innovative and more nimble integration solutions is that IT must retain visibility into the data connections being made. This is especially critical as healthcare is a highly regulated industry and the data involved is sensitive and personally identifiable. However, a solution that allows IT to set security parameters while allowing for the free flow of data between organizations can have significant, positive consequences for healthcare organizations.