How can we make health IT systems more interoperable?
This blog will focus on the technology that can be used to extend pre-existing legacy systems without the need to rip and replace. This will save enterprise healthcare delivery systems significant money in IT disruption costs due to lost productivity and expensive new system implementations. After a massive EHR overhaul, The University of Arizona found themselves $32M in the red – we want to reverse this trend and we have the technology to do so.
Data Portability Through Superior Technology
Open source software offers a number of benefits that align very well with the needs of the Healthcare sector. Today I am going to focus on the capabilities of OSS that align well with Health IT interoperability.
Drupal is an open source development platform that has become the clear front-runner for commercial applications at the enterprise level. Drupal is a robust, flexible and highly extensible content management system that boasts one of the largest and most active development communities – supported by more than 1 million users. Drupal can claim some very high profile organizations to its growing domain within the 12 percent of the web’s top 100,000 most-trafficked sites, namely WhiteHouse.gov, NASA.gov, Weather.com and TheEconomist.com.
The main draw to Drupal as an enterprise application is its extensibility. Drupal can be much more than just a website. It can be leveraged to tie in disparate systems through integrations into one user-friendly platform, it can power award winning intranets, or it can be used as Content Distribution Network to pass data between multiple systems.
The possibilities are almost endless, and what is so promising about Drupal is the fact that it is already driving outcomes in the Healthcare industry. There are teams across the world that are using Drupal to extend the functionality of legacy IT systems to significantly improve their capabilities at a fraction of the cost of proprietary systems. Furthermore, there are a number of products currently on the market, which are community supported, that can provide a major boon to the healthcare sector such as, Acquia Cloud Site Factory, Acquia Lift, Open Atrium, CoreCONNECT and a number of others.