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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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Topics: Integration & Testing

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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Topics: Integration & Testing

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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Topics: Integration & Testing

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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Topics: Integration & Testing

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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Topics: Integration & Testing

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

Best Practice for Data Conversions | White Paper Download

Posted by The HCI Group on March 11, 2014 at 9:12 AM

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Best Practice for Data Conversions | White Paper Download

All EHR implementation projects consist of numerous steps. From the initial selection process to the final Go Live “turn-key” event, each step must be handled with the appropriate consideration to have a successful project conclusion. Data conversion is a task that is intertwined throughout the entire implementation process.

The following are the key takeaways from our white paper Data Conversions - Best Practice. (If you are interested, you can download white paper here.) 

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Topics: Integration & Testing

The Inseparable Connection Between Good Testing and Revenue Cycle Implementations

Posted by The HCI Group on February 10, 2014 at 8:30 AM

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The Inseparable Connection Between Good Testing and Revenue Cycle Implementations

During any implementation of an EHR there are various phases of testing which require participation from all of the teams.  These would include Functional Design Testing, Application Testing and Integration Testing.  For the Revenue Cycle Teams there are additional testing phases that need to be successfully completed prior to a successful go-live. 

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Topics: Epic, Integration & Testing, Revenue Cycle

EHR Integration - 7 Steps to Ensure Success

Posted by The HCI Group on September 11, 2013 at 12:40 PM

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EHR Integration - 7 Steps to Ensure Success

Whether your EHR implementation is expected to take six months or many years to install across all facilities, the key to a seamless Integration relies on the execution of these 7 critical steps.  Failure of one of these steps can cost a health system millions of dollars and years of questionable data integrity.  

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Topics: EHR Implementation, Integration & Testing

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