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The Importance of MVP Scope For Integration

Posted by The HCI Group on May 3, 2019 at 10:25 AM

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The Importance of MVP Scope For Integration

No one likes to be the person at the table who is constantly talking about trimming project requirements. Call them a buzz kill, but it’s important that someone (ideally multiple people) on a healthcare integration project is willing to play the “bad guy” by keeping scope top of mind. This is especially valuable when making critical decisions as third-party dependencies slip or unresponsive resources put the timeline at risk. Knowing what steps are vital to delivering the Minimum Viable Product (M.V.P.) is one of the best ways that technology partners supporting an integration project can encourage forward momentum where it counts.

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Why End-To-End Testing Will Make Or Break Healthcare Integration Efforts

Posted by The HCI Group on March 27, 2019 at 1:29 PM

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Why End-To-End Testing Will Make Or Break Healthcare Integration Efforts

We shared recently that Healthcare IT integration is far from a straightforward process. The minutiae associated with system integration projects is far-reaching, and can seem insurmountable without the right technical partners to oversee every little deal, respecting that a single variable can lock up the entire build. One of the key phases in any integration effort is end-to-end testing. Especially when access to critical patient information is at stake, connecting health systems requires so much more than just technical agreement. Detailed testing of patient data and results flowing correctly and expediently from one component to the next must be done in a systematic, unapologetic manner to call an integration effort complete and successful.

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Healthcare IT Integration Is Never Straightforward

Posted by The HCI Group on March 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM

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Healthcare IT Integration Is Never Straightforward


We realize we are about to deflate the tires from entire salesforces in the healthcare IT space, but it would be a supreme disservice to our clients to ignore this fact: Integration is never straightforward. Despite connectivity standards that have been around for years -- be it HL7 as the Golden Oldie or new-kid-on-the-block FHIR -- there are an endless number of variables in any given interoperability or connectivity project that threaten to derail best efforts.

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The New Future of Data Automation: What Role will Alexa Play in Tomorrow’s EHR Integrations?

Posted by The HCI Group on July 25, 2018 at 9:30 AM

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The New Future of Data Automation: What Role will Alexa Play in Tomorrow’s EHR Integrations?

 

Amazon’s Alexa, the virtual voice assistant sitting in many a living room – roughly 8 million households, that is – may soon also sit in many hospital rooms or physician’s offices. Amazon’s new “health & wellness” team, for instance, aims to make Alexa a valuable health and healthcare tool for all. (It is perhaps no coincidence the global voice recognition market is estimated to reach nearly $127 billion market within the next six years.) But massive challenges – such as HIPAA restrictions and data regulations – may hinder Alexa’s potential to collect, streamline, and make sense of real-time patient data.

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Topics: Integration & Testing, EHR Optimization, Artificial Intelligence

Hosted Healthcare Integration: 5 Questions to Ask about Cutting Costs and Reducing Liability with Solution-as-a-Service

Posted by The HCI Group on November 17, 2017 at 8:41 AM

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Hosted Healthcare Integration: 5 Questions to Ask about Cutting Costs and Reducing Liability with Solution-as-a-Service

Connecting disparate EMR systems can be costly and complicated, particularly for healthcare organizations with small or no internal IT departments.

The interface engines that healthcare organizations commonly use to ensure interoperability can be prohibitively expensive and incredibly complex if you lack the financial capital and expertise to purchase, implement and operate them efficiently.

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EHR Integration: The Top 5 Reasons to Implement an Effective Enterprise Testing Strategy

Posted by The HCI Group on August 31, 2017 at 2:44 PM

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EHR Integration: The Top 5 Reasons to Implement an Effective Enterprise Testing Strategy

When it comes to EHR integration, testing is as much about quality as it is quantity.

Doing more tests will not help if you don’t test right.

For example, you could successfully test 3,000 charges before go-live only to find afterward that a type of charge that you didn’t test was not reaching the back-end. You could then lose millions of dollars of revenue due to charges not being billed, as one healthcare organization did.

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EHR Integration: Top 5 Reasons to Implement a SaaS Hosted Integration Solution

Posted by The HCI Group on July 12, 2017 at 9:08 AM

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EHR Integration: Top 5 Reasons to Implement a SaaS Hosted Integration Solution

We've compiled a list of 5 benefits of implementing a SaaS hosted integration solution.

Reducing the cost and time of integration development can bring higher customer satisfaction and on-schedule implementations. Many healthcare organizations find themselves supporting and executing numerous “priority one” projects.

By implementing a SaaS hosted integration solution, organizations can utilize an experienced dedicated group of integration resources to develop, test and monitor interfaces at the rate dictated by their client demands. 

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10 EHR Testing Questions To Avoid Costly Errors

Posted by The HCI Group on April 14, 2017 at 9:23 AM

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10 EHR Testing Questions To Avoid Costly Errors

When the time comes to embark on the journey of implementing a new EHR system, there are a number of factors to consider in the overall budget and timetable.

While going through your EHR Integration checklist, testing is often one area that is shortened to make up for lost time or cost savings, but what may be an initial time saving act, can end up being quite a costly mistake down the road.

In this post we take a look at 10 key questions to ensure your testing sets you up for a successful go-live.

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Top 5 Things to Consider When Selecting the Right Interface Engine

Posted by The HCI Group on November 20, 2014 at 6:54 AM

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Top 5 Things to Consider When Selecting the Right Interface Engine

In recent months, HCI has conducted an in-depth analysis to help our clients realize the value and benefits of today’s integration engines. With the increasing demand for real-time decision-making and event-driven healthcare, it is essential that an integration engine is paired with the culture and business objectives of your health system. After careful analysis and research, HCI has determined the top five most important comparison criteria to be used during the selection process.

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EHR Glossary of Terms | Integration

Posted by The HCI Group on May 20, 2014 at 10:28 AM

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EHR Glossary of Terms | Integration

The nomenclature of the healthcare integration world can be somewhat of a puzzle to those outside of the industry. In this post, HCIintegrate Vice Presidents Mark Jackson and Scott Hassler provide a helpful definition guide to some of the terms and phrases you will hear when discussing healthcare IT integration. Click here to download a printer friendly document of these terms to hand out to your team. 

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Topics: Integration & Testing

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