Each vertical market presents its own challenges to CIOs, but few offer as many obstacles as the healthcare industry where government mandates, security requirements and a need to replace outdated technology make a CIO’s job difficult. They must balance stringent security and privacy regulations with a pressing need to improve IT infrastructure and a mandate to implement electronic health record (EHR) software – all amid the political firestorm of healthcare reform, increasing pressure to cut costs, general reluctance among health care professionals to trust technology and a shortage of IT talent in the industry.
Some of the challenges that the Healthcare community has to brace itself to:
Electronic Health Record (EHR): Recent legislations require all health care providers to attain meaningful usage benchmarks to receive funding from EFR incentive programs. EHR and electronic prescription implementation will require consorted efforts between health care provider organizations, system integrators and EHR vendors to install, implement, customize and support the new solution.
Health Information Exchange (HIE): Time bound requirements to implement technology driven HIE to facilitate access to and retrieval of clinical data to deliver patient-centered care. HE implementation throws new challenges to create a standardized interoperable model that is patient centric, trusted, longitudinal, scalable, sustainable, and reliable.
HIPAA Compliance: HIPAA provisions mandate the adoption of Federal privacy protections for individually identifiable health information. Health Care Organizations must take steps to secure personal health information and should invest in encryption technology.
Mobile Health and BYOD: Although the usage of smart phones and mobile devices by doctors to remotely access patient records points to the tremendous potential of mobile health the aspects of a successful BYOD policy must be closely looked at. Healthcare CIOs must comply with HIPAA privacy and security rules, which penalize providers even if users’ personal devices go missing.
Wireless Networking: Building a strong secure wireless hospital network to provide healthcare workers access to life-critical applications amidst facilities filled with banks of elevators, radiology departments, stacks of bathrooms and box upon box of paper records all of which interrupt wireless signals can be a challenge.
Patient Engagement: Convincing patients to use technology to access key information such as medical history, lab results and drug allergies can pose a challenge.
Storage Infrastructure: The electronic documentation needed to meet the HITECH Act’s meaningful use requirements, and state and federal data retention laws may require healthcare organizations to keep patient records on file for as long as 25 years, making these Organizations to think outside the box to look at a balanced storage solution which is both secure and scalable to their needs.
Infolob’s Healthcare Service Offerings
Our healthcare solutions help healthcare executives respond to these challenges while continuing to achieve measurable results. We are focused on helping healthcare organizations achieve operational excellence, provide exceptional service, effectively implement critical programs, and accelerate the use of highly impactful technology.
- Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems
- Health Information Exchange
- Portal solutions
- Registry solutions
- Single sign on solutions
- Healthcare Analytics
- Storage Solutions
Our Services focuses on
- Implementing the necessary combination of technology that includes content management, ecommerce, CRM and portals to facilitate Health Information Exchange
- Solutions that demonstrate improvements to patient care by enabling electronic prescriptions, incorporating test results into patient records and tracking compliance with various quality benchmarks.
- Mobile solutions that define accesses to various medical applications or even particular data sets within applications and, iffield medics and trauma nurses share touch screen monitors, robust, role-base access management.
- Network solutions that combine access security and wireless WAN technology to provide doctors , nurses and caregivers access to correct and up to the minute information wirelessly
- Deploying virtualized storage on a storage area network (SAN) while rolling out thin provisioning, tiered storage and data replication technology on top of it.
- Implementing Big Data solutions to provide healthcare professionals to analyze patterns to see what medical conditions are most prevalent among patients and medical procedures that are proving ineffective.
- Extending cloud solutions to healthcare organizations to provide reliable, scalable, secure and easily available technology solutions that need no additional infrastructure or personnel.