The following is a guest blog post by Thanh Tran, CEO, Zoeticx, Inc.
Where should CIOs and IT professionals look to address EHR interoperability? Middleware!
A middleware architecture has been shown to be the best technological solution for addressing the problem of EHR interoperability. The middleware platform facilitates the transparent, yet secure, access of patient health data, directly from the various databases where it is stored. A server-based middleware framework supporting access to the various patient health data stores allows for a scalable, unified and standardized platform for applications to be developed upon. The middleware architectural design has been successfully used to link data from multiple databases, irrespective to the database platform or where the database is located.
Don’t take my word for it. Here are ten good reasons to consider middleware.
- Application Developers Can Focus on Healthcare Apps—Enables medical record app developers to focus on their healthcare solution by freeing them from dealing with a diverse, complex EHR infrastructure.
- Inspires the Next Generation of Healthcare Innovative Solutions—These solutions are inspired by expanding the market for the next generation of healthcare applications rather than being tied down to a stack approach, depending on the particular EHR vendor.
- Improves Patient Care Outcomes—Patients will receive better healthcare outcomes when application developers can inspire more Patients will also benefit from the next generation of applications as they will address providers’ specific needs in diverse operational care environments.
- Saves Healthcare IT Dollars—Focuses the healthcare IT budget on addressing providers’ needs instead of building and re-building the patient record infrastructure.
- Proven Technology—A proven technology used for decades in many industries such as financial, retail, manufacturing and other markets.
- Easy Integration—Enables healthcare integration with diverse, deployed legacy systems, including EHR systems. It addresses EHR interoperability as part of overall integration challenges.
- Passive to Active Healthcare IT Environment—It turns passive healthcare IT environments into active ones to enhance communication and collaboration among care providers.
- Avoids Data Duplication—Cost efficient, simplified administration. Offers a better privacy protection solution than HIEs by addressing EHR interoperability while fulfilling the demand to support the patient care continuum in an operational care environment.
- Eliminates Wastefulness—Addressing healthcare IT integration is much more cost efficient than the “Rip-and-Replace” approach.
- Extends EHR Usefulness—Protects and extends healthcare IT investments in EHR and EMR systems.
About Thanh Tran
Thanh Tran is CEO of Zoeticx, Inc., a medical software company located in San Jose, CA. He is a 20 year veteran of Silicon Valley’s IT industry and has held executive positions at many leading software companies.