Interoperability Drives Collaboration and Insights Enhancing Clinical and Business Results with the ALLOY® Platform for Healthcare
As the digital transformation within healthcare grows, health systems and life sciences organizations struggle to deal with an unprecedented amount of data both generated by and required for patient care, research, clinical programs and business operations. The volume of data will continue to increase. One research study reported that 4.4 zettabytes of data existed globally in 2013. Researchers projected the number to grow exponentially – more than doubling each year to 44 zettabytes or 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020. Not only is the volume of data overwhelming, but the sources driving the volume are replicating at rapid pace. A recent survey shows that 84 percent of organizations report having 50 or more business applications in use. Hospitals of 500 beds or more also report using multiple electronic health records systems – as many as six different systems in some cases. Although new technology intended to enhance patient care and operational efficiency is continually emerging, these new applications join existing legacy systems on the list of siloed data sources that are difficult to integrate across the organization. Because IT resources, budgets and skillsets are tasked to prioritize day-to-day critical needs, resources to oversee the integration and data management of disparate sources of data and prepare for future growth are limited. A scalable platform that can handle current data integration, but allow for cost-effective expansion as data volume grows, is driving an interest in cloud platforms with services that are specific to the organization’s needs.
These challenges, along with increasing compliance requirements, strain information technology and organizational resources while limiting access to data that supports collaboration and provides insights that fuel innovations leading to enhanced patient care and faster-to-market clinical advances.
As health systems expand to absorb physician practices or other hospitals, the ability to share data in a format that can be used to support clinical decision-making is critical but the myriad of data sources is daunting. One study reports that data sources for a 500-bed hospital can include up to 400 applications, 500 databases, 1,000 interfaces and over 2,000 mobile devices used by clinicians and employees.
Pharmaceutical and biotech companies need improved interoperability to share data and collaborate internally and externally. Increased M&A initiatives expand reach but may not support connection to newly acquired systems. The need to collaborate with researchers inside and outside the organization, the need to exchange data between sponsors and contract research organizations as well as suppliers, physician EMRs, and end-user patients all add to the complex networks that are necessary for data exchange and effective utilization.
Emerging applications and disparate systems used within an organization or among expanding networks of partnerships increases the compliance challenges to ensure that all data processing and storage is compliant with HIPAA, Title 21 CFR Part 11, PCI DSS or international regulations like the EU Data Protection Directive and GDPR.
ALLOY® Platform for Healthcare Built to Reduce Complexity
The solution to healthcare and life sciences complex data challenges is intelligent integration and simplified data management. Rather than offering applications and tools that require ongoing training, increasing complexity, additional staff and more compliance demands for in-house IT departments, Liaison’s Data Platform as a Service (dPaaS) solutions, as part of the ALLOY® Platform for Healthcare, are offered as a managed service. This strategy addresses