A modern approach to data integration: 4 key takeaways on achieving care without boundaries

Healthcare organizations don't need all new technology to revamp care — they can often optimize around the tools and resources they already have to determine where to add value and achieve their goals. 

During a featured session sponsored by Red Hat at Becker's Data and Innovation Virtual Event, industry leaders discussed an end-to-end solution that makes care without boundaries a reality. 

The speakers were:

  • Shane McNamee, MD, chief medical information officer at Chantilly, Va.-based Perspecta
  • Alan Scott, healthcare chief architect at Raleigh, N.C.-based Red Hat
  • Bo Dagnall, chief technologist and strategist for Perspecta Health Provider segment

Four key takeaways from the session:

1. The U.S. healthcare system is deeply flawed, Dr. McNamee said, noting that the majority of medical errors still happen amid transitions of care. From a provider perspective, documentation can take up more than half of an appointment. However, rolling out new healthcare technology to remedy these issues can have a significant negative cognitive burden on healthcare providers, Dr. McNamee said. Thus, achieving value-based healthcare outcomes has proven challenging. Providers require real-time, high quality data to detect emerging health risks, ensure quality care and control costs. 

2. Technology needs are shifting, with enterprise open source critical to corporate IT success, Mr. Scott said. According to an Illuminas Enterprise Open Source 2020 study, 95 percent (19 of 20) IT leaders say enterprise open source is key to their organization's strategy. 

3. With lots of coordinating practitioners working together, healthcare organizations require interoperability around knowledge assets, Mr. Dagnall said. Health systems need technologies that can unlock, democratize and share data, knowledge and process.  Instead, systems tend to have lots of technology from different vendors that aren't necessarily built to work together. This creates a general lack of cohesion. However, systems don't need to replace everything with a monolithic sort of single solution, Mr. Dagnall said. Instead, they need to leverage and embrace that heterogeneity by applying a common platform that can handle the complexity of healthcare.  

4. Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, focuses on optimization for modern designs and architectures, with dedicated healthcare offerings crafted to specifically meet industry business needs. Such offerings support current and legacy healthcare industry standards, and include data integration leveraging data-as-a-service, hybrid cloud enablement, and an extensible, scalable and secure platform. Red Hat's Intelligent Data-as-a-Service solution allows organizations to remove data barriers from proprietary systems in order to introduce enterprise or department innovation. The solution offers an event-driven, architecturally modern approach to aggregate, normalize and stream healthcare data to FHIR APIs. The solution set meets the latest federal exchange requirements, and its alignment to healthcare industry standards allows patient care to flow uninterrupted between organizations and across boundaries. Combined with HealthConcourse from Perspecta, organizations can bring in additional services through APIs, such as medical terminology services, identity management services or deduplication services.

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