Benefits of Agile Health
The healthcare landscape is quickly evolving into a coordinated, patient-centric ecosystem underpinned by agile and effective IT. By creating agile IT environments, healthcare organizations can succeed in five important areas:
Agile IT infrastructures give healthcare organizations the flexibility to allocate new resources and applications while also replacing older, obsolete IT assets.
Healthcare CIOs can further help the organization gain flexibility by assessing and streamlining IT assets through application rationalization and modernization. Having an applications portfolio that is properly sized and suited to the business helps CIOs improve operational efficiency, lower their costs, and free up funds for investments in innovation.
One of the biggest challenges now facing healthcare organizations is how to share medical data safely and effectively. By creating agile health environments, companies can improve both interoperability and collaboration across their internal operations. They can also better engage with the broader healthcare ecosystem.
Adopting open data approaches and cloud-based IT services can help. These give organizations platforms for secure collaboration and data sharing. They also allow flexible collaboration both within the enterprise and externally, with organizations such as other healthcare providers, ambulatory care and physicians’ offices.
As healthcare CIOs install new technologies, they also need to update the skills of their employees. Many internal staff members do not have the skills and training to run today’s newest systems and processes.
Smart CIOs will adopt new operational models that make the best use of their talent while leveraging trusted service providers to manage their legacy applications and other tactical activities. In this way, CIOs can reposition their skilled IT teams to focus on delivering clinical value and enabling strategic business change.
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Security and compliance
Securing electronic health records (EHRs) and other medical applications is a critical challenge. Healthcare information is a tempting target for cyberthieves, and healthcare organizations must comply with government and industry regulations on privacy and security.
Today, few IT departments have the scale to manage security comprehensively. They still need to understand how much information can be shared, when to de-identify data, and how to ensure the security of any data that moves outside their organization. Turning to an experienced partner can help. And a trusted hybrid cloud can protect against attacks with multiple defenses that are often more stringent than what a healthcare organization will have on its own.
Value from investments
Healthcare organizations have spent large sums on EHRs, yet many of these systems remain ineffective. Shortcomings include poor usability, time-consuming data entry, interference with face-to-face patient care, and the inability to exchange health information.
With an agile health platform, healthcare CIOs can optimize their EHR solutions. They can connect clinicians with IT specialists to identify appropriate products. And after a product has been purchased, CIOs can adopt key performance indicators (KPIs) for continual improvement.