Study after study finds that integration is at the top of an organization’s pain point list. This “n-dimensional” problem defines the need to connect many different resources like centralized, cloud, mobile, and social applications with quality data. Organizations have also grown more complex. Partnerships are driving models (silos) and workflow requirements. There are now 4,000 different procedures and new governance models that a surgeon now has to deal with. The intelligent gluing together of all of these n-dimensions will require intelligent integration of people, processes, and technology.
Integration must happen at many technological levels before physicians can see benefits. We see that mainstream corporations have made progress; the healthcare industry has not. Without n-dimensional integration planned and executed by experts, what hope is there to improve patient wellness for healthcare organizations that are still using fax machines as their primary data communications tool?
The Business Framework for Healthcare
Successful companies seamlessly coordinate multiple tasks across many people. An example is SCM (Supply Chain Management) at Wal-Mart. When done right, this capability unifies and focuses all of an organization’s assets toward a common goal. N-dimensional integration fills an enormous gap in the integration quagmire. It can be designed to:
- Rapidly solve the operational-clinical alignment problems, which are essential to the ultimate goal: patient wellness.
- Ensure that best of breed products and services, including workflow and EMR solutions can be brought on line quickly so that information extends outwards to doctors and their patients.
- Develop allies and customers that want to contribute technology aimed at patient wellness but do not have a way in.
A solid integration solution must connect the thousands of hardware and software vendors, systems integrators, developers, and providers, which are locked out of the healthcare industry because of integration roadblocks, yet have functionality needed to make our healthcare system smarter.
Improved operational patient workflows will lead directly to a safer system that produces better outcomes. Clinician thought leaders need to set the goals for the n-dimensional integration solution; it is the only way to successfully upgrade our healthcare system. It is the only way the healthcare industry can evolve like other industries.
TrustNetMD begins with the most fundamental aspect of innovation: Enhanced (Web 2) communications among and between communities so that clinicians and researchers can agree on the changes that need to be made. Then we will be empowered to build the right solutions.