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The future will be so bright that we will have to wear shades!

By Adrian Sanabria-Diaz | September 1, 2015

The healthcare industry is undergoing monumental changes. Some of these have been thrust upon us by governmental mandates; others are simply the result of an ever-evolving information technology (IT) environment. Even though industry critics cite such IT challenges as the inundation of providers with big data, lack of EHR interoperability and slow response to reimbursement changes, IT capabilities are infinitely ahead of where they were just five or six years ago.  This rapid evolution of technology has many benefits, and its drawbacks are also known to all who work in the industry.

In a recent issue of the HealthIT Analytics e-Newsletter, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO, John Halamka wrote that EHRs must evolve from basic, transactional, documentation repositories to fully-fledged customer management systems that provide simple and intuitive solutions to the workflow bottlenecks that create opportunities for errors.  

Halamka also noted that these improvements will likely come incrementally, and must be the product of collaborative, stakeholder-driven efforts to enact cultural changes and manage expectations. He said healthcare organizations are increasingly looking towards inexpensive, third-party solutions that take advantage of staff preferences for improved workflow. Halamka commented that providers are looking for third party apps to provide modular functionality on top of the transactional EHR systems.

This shift towards more agile and collaborative infrastructure building may be the key to the future of healthcare IT.

One such third party app is the Phynd Unified Provider Management (UPM) platform that sits on top of an existing IT infrastructure and collaboratively assists healthcare organizations in managing their provider information enterprise-wide. The Phynd UPMenables swift changes and feeds data into the EHR and a facility’s other legacy systems. As a cloud based system, Phynd is more agile than an expensive local or home grown system, and it is pre-built to be interoperable with all existing systems.

The Phynd UPM allows healthcare organizations to unify, manage and share a single verified, custom profile on each of their providers, regardless of where that data exists in their multiple legacy IT systems to streamline workflow, improve productivity, speed billing, optimize the revenue cycle and enhance care coordination across the enterprise.

Monumental changes provide the opportunity for monumental advancements. Make sure you are wearing your shades; the future of healthcare IT is going to be very bright

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