Why data integration in healthcare is a big deal.
Healthcare organizations and the professionals that work for them are under immense pressure.
In addition to the daily challenges of taking care of patients and maintaining healthcare facilities, physicians, nurses, and hospital staff are burdened by time-consuming administrative tasks and inefficient applications.
On top of all that, there’s the push to innovate—to enhance the delivery and accessibility of healthcare—as customers increasingly demand top-notch digital and mobile experiences.
But there’s one big challenge to true innovation: data integration and access.
Learn why healthcare organizations need effective data integration tools to spend more time on patient care and minimize security and compliance risks.
Data is flooding infrastructures.
Healthcare data usage is growing at a rapid rate.
New digital imaging technologies, the advent of electronic medical records, and the proliferation of resource-taxing applications place strain on existing data infrastructures.
Meanwhile, mobile applications and a growing use of telemedicine technologies are also increasing data generation.
All of that data needs to be securely stored and managed—not to mention thoroughly analyzed. Getting in control of data can dramatically improve patient care, clinical outcomes, and financial results for healthcare organizations.
The trouble is that the process of integrating, understanding, and leveraging data in healthcare is fragmented.
Data is sourced from multiple disparate systems, with levels of sophistication, accessibility, transparency, and quality that vary widely.
Legacy systems are often still the norm, causing major lags in pulling and consolidating data—even more so as data grows and changes.
In addition to causing miscommunication and frustration between patients, providers, and insurers, these data integration challenges also cost healthcare organizations money.
Providers service less patients when caught up in administrative tasks, while the organization as a whole misses out on opportunities to identify inefficiencies, improve operations, and more effectively track and study patients and diagnoses.
Healthcare applications don’t talk to each other.
It’s true that healthcare organizations are regularly investing in and releasing innovative solutions for patients and providers—mobile and digital experiences that aim to set their facilities apart.
But even the most well-designed app is only as good as the data it accesses. If the information on the back-end is broken, the customer experience will be broken, too. As a result, organizations’ returns on their technology investments decrease substantially.
It’s often the case that new solutions don’t talk to each other, much less communicate with existing legacy applications.
This makes data integration problems that much worse.
Each system may codify information differently, with no way to translate or consolidate data. The more solutions are deployed, the worse the situation gets.
Without a single, unified solution for securely integrating data, the ability to automate processes and to leverage data effectively is severely limited.
Furthermore, most healthcare IT teams struggle to customize software to make all the applications work together. To do so would require practically unlimited coding resources that, frankly, just aren’t available.
End-user adoption is low.
Data integration issues in healthcare can often result in low end-user adoption of applications, which in turn creates more data quality issues.
The success of any app is determined and measured by whether or not people are actually using it, and using it correctly.
People are more likely to use a business app that simplifies and automates processes, and helps them get their job done easily and efficiently. In high-pressure, high-risk professions, this is more important than ever.
And that’s precisely why, with any new healthcare system, it can be difficult to get software buy-in from end-users.
Healthcare professionals want to save their brainpower for dealing with high-risk situations that need quick resolution, not data entry and which button to click next.
Understandably so, providers are apprehensive about setting aside time to learn a new system—especially when it took them so long to learn the old one.
It’s a complex puzzle.
Healthcare organizations don’t just need better applications. They need an application development platform that helps them integrate data across those applications, without dipping into precious IT resources.
They need to be able to create applications that are so intuitive, healthcare professionals don’t need weeks of training to learn how to use them. And they need those apps now.
The value of a no-code app development platform.
With the right app development platform, hospitals and other patient care facilities can spend less time battling with technology and more time improving quality of life for their customers.
Rather than configuring each individual, disparate system or data source to meet certain design and data standards, healthcare organizations need a common, easy to use, unified foundation that acts as a central hub for all of them.
Leading healthcare organizations are employing no-code app development platforms like Skuid to act as this central hub.
With a no-code platform, healthcare organizations can leverage the data and security of their existing enterprise software and bring it into one place—greatly diminishing data fragmentation—with little to no code.
Then, they can quickly create scalable, custom, enterprise-grade applications with a declarative, drag-and-drop component tool set.
By bringing all data into one user experience, and designing app experiences around the unique needs of each role, organizations can finally have the solutions they need, without the wait or the price tag.
What you can create.
With Skuid, the limit for healthcare organizations is only their imagination. Here’s what some of our customers are able to do:
- Improve call center productivity and data quality with real-time list views and more intuitive applications.
- More efficiently monitor and resolve patient complaints.
- Optimize patient intake, scheduling, insurance verification, and billing processes.
- Create custom dashboards for monthly reporting and custom reports for regulatory needs.
- Easily track physicians’ work locations, privileges, professional organizations, faculty appointments, and network affiliations.
- And more!