How to Create Healthy EHR Interfaces

One of the key benefits to hospitals for investing in a robust EHR like Epic is to not only cultivate their own breadth and depth of patient data, but also to set the foundation for augmenting that data set via EHR interfaces. Connecting with community providers and ancillary facilities is a great way to create…

How Flexibility in Data Standards can Support Interoperability in Healthcare

If there’s one thing that becomes quickly apparent when working in healthcare IT, it’s that the concept of “data standards” are all over the place. Sure, there are established formats and languages that allow for meaningful communication between EHRs, devices, organizations, etc. But when it comes to real life integration and pursuing true healthcare interoperability,…

The Value of Automated Testing in Healthcare IT

If there was one aspect to healthcare IT integration and implementations that insiders would likely point to as not getting nearly enough respect, it’s testing. From functional testing to end-to-end validation, proper testing of healthcare solutions can make or break any given deliverable (sometimes quite literally). After all, the use case of an application for…

EHR Interfaces: Pursuing More than Data for Data’s Sake

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The challenges associated with connecting multiple, disparate EHR systems — be it ancillary provider or private clinic to hospital or health system, or any combo therein — are not to be taken lightly. Every data point in healthcare IT represents a potential decision-point that, in error or omission, has significant implications for patient outcomes. The…