Why Extensive Testing is Non-Negotiable for EHR Interface Implementations

  One of the biggest shortcomings we’ve seen when it comes to implementing healthcare IT is a lack of good, deep, detailed testing. There is a ton of lift that goes into building interfaces, mapping APIs and getting vendors to agree on a standard for data exchange to get one step closer to coordinated care records. But front-loading EHR interface efforts can have disastrous results once the healthcare solution is in the wild, so to speak, if proper space isn’t allotted in the timeline for...

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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, a health system’s ability to deal with, and even ingest various data standards (however textbook or not they may be), makes all...

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Top 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we have compiled our top 5 most popular blog posts of 2019, in one place. We hope that you enjoyed our posts from 2019, and we look forward to sharing more content with you in 2020. Thank you for reading the 314e Healthcare IT Blog!

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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 hospitals or health systems isn’t just moving data from point A to point B -- or rather, provider A to provider B -- but to ensure...

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

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 driving force behind EHR integration efforts is often consolidating patient records to get a more comprehensive view, but amassing data alone...

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3 Ways to Gain Buy-In from Ancillary Providers for Epic Integration

Health systems embarking on Epic integration projects are rarely doing so to exist in a bubble. The goal we often hear from clients is establishing the right healthcare IT solution to support collaborative care, making population health attainable and more efficient. As the days of fee-for-service are behind us, large hospitals must approach their care delivery philosophy as encompassing a whole network of care providers, many of whom may reside outside their network. To this end, getting the...

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