Creating a Healthcare Information Meta-System
Enterprise Integration Platform
Our solution, Enterprise Integration Platform, was developed using the latest technologies (including Ajax and Java) and maintains compliance with industry standards. It was designed to automate workflows, facilitate decision support, and enhance compliance. It is a highly user-centric configurable system affording agencies the ability to satisfy their growing business needs. The multilingual system paves the way for users to modify and access data via web services on a real-time basis. The result is a vastly enhanced data management system with shared and mobile abilities within and across organizations and agencies.
Enterprise Integration Platform Includes Four Modules:
- Application Manager
- Document Librarian
The Platform Application Manager is a pure web based, browser agnostic enterprise application tool connecting business users to valuable information. Data in a secured environment can be accessed from anywhere in the world through an internet connection and a user’s preferred browser. This tool is fully scalable offering the ability to implement additional functions with minimal effort while maintaining performance and usefulness regardless of the growing numbers of users.
Being a true web-based tool, it is inherently multi-site enabled. This allows a single system and underlying database to be used by multiple physical (or logical) sites throughout the world – instantaneously providing consolidated reporting and eliminating the need to synchronize disparate databases.
The Interoperability module allows systems to link to wider business processes, to share scientific data throughout a worldwide organization through some central hub, but without the extensive customization. It offers the ability of diverse systems and organizations to interchange messages with each other and/or with other agencies.
Data can be interfaced securely and accurately with other systems. The tool conforms to agency-specific requirements making it possible for reporting and/or data sharing with state and federal departments and agencies.
Legacy systems have neither established HL7 communication nor standard vocabulary mappings. The modern proprietary systems with such capabilities are still faced with the challenge of exchanging data with other agencies as most do not operate on a scalable platform that allows user-profile management and efficient data exchange. In order to link both systems a custom solution would need to be developed requiring considerable capital investment.
Although HL7 is the accepted language of exchanging data between agencies, the number of variables and versions makes it difficult for agencies to efficiently publish and retrieve data. The widely varying local vocabularies can lead to performance degradation stemming from prolonged processing (encoding and translation) times.
The Platform Interoperability platform consists of an application server, a desktop widget-iWidget, and a back-end data repository.
The Platform Mobile module provides the ability to extend same business operations to a mobile device. It expands portability of the Platform, allowing quick deployment of global systems and allowing secure access from remote locations or by using portable devices such as PDAs and Smart Phones. This provides field agents such as epidemiologist quick access to submit and review data. With the Platform Mobile manual transmitting of data is obsolete. This is a vastly productive and functional tool that can be employed to manage a multitude of diverse tasks; from tracking inventory to submitting results. Mobility is dramatically changing the way organizations do business.
Document Management a.k.a. "The Librarian"
The Platform Document Librarian in an electronic automated intelligent document librarian. This module captures, stores, retrieves, parses and shares the complete electronic record. This feature not only provides the tools to securely store and share the entire picture of the report but enables valuable extraction of the data, setting the grounds for powerful querying and analysis of the information. Additional documents may include captured instrument outputs, COA’s, electronic training materials, and much more. The document librarian comes with a built in enhanced feature – ‘Read for Me’. This feature provides advanced search capabilities allowing users to enter multiple search criteria. A user will be able to quickly locate a document leaving all the hard work to Read for Me.
Deploying Mobile Healthcare Platform
We live in a world where information is the global currency. Access to vital information can mean the difference between success and failure whether it is making a sale, managing the supply chain, stopping spread of a disease, catching a criminal, fighting a war, or even life or death. Billions of dollars are being invested annually to advance information technology capabilities in the private and public sector including healthcare, law enforcement, and defense.
At the close of 2008, HHS announced that the administration is amending its budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2009 to include an additional $275 million for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The program increases listed above include $65 million to modernize FDA's information technology infrastructure.
With over 30 years of combined experience in laboratory and software development and after having implemented dozens of diversified solutions in the private and public sectors, NHRI has firsthand knowledge and understanding of the common challenges that remain in health informatics. This exposure and experience has allowed us to identify key problem factors. There is no denying having real-time information and remote global access is vital in today’s laboratory environment; after many years of studying and evaluating the pressures, we have isolated the following issues and are ready to offer viable and beneficial solutions.
The first problem organizations encounter is the high costs associated with maintaining and managing proprietary legacy systems. Combined with the scarcity of IT resources required for the ongoing support, expenditures can escalate beyond budgeted resources.
Another challenge organizations continue to face is their inability to meet regulatory compliance. With the increasing number of regulations including HIPPRA, Section 501, and 21 CFR Part 1, systems falling short bring negative scrutiny to the organization.
The inability to collaborate within and across organizations and agencies is a growing issue. The ability to exchange and interchange messages is of vital importance. Major public health outbreaks require immediate coordination and cooperation between and across agencies. Data must be collected, recorded, processed, analyzed, and then immediately made accessible. The timely exchange of information is critical to agencies’ ability to make real-time decisions.
Organizations have islands of information they must access for analysis to make quick decisions. The ability to quickly access real-time data can mean the difference between life and death. Often data must be manually compiled when existing systems lack the capability for inter-agency communication. Agencies seeking to build a bridge across disparate systems face expensive custom upgrades due to incompatibility.
Efficient collection and rapid communication of information can ensure that a patient receives the correct treatment; that an initial disease outbreak is quickly recognized and contained, or that world health partners are able to coordinate a response to a pandemic health crisis. The process of making such data readily available is an ongoing challenge that agencies face each day.
NHRI is determined to address these critical needs and we are committed to delivering the highest quality solution. We understand the importance of maximizing your operation’s efficiency while embracing change. NHRI’s cost efficient solution enables organizations to maximize efficiency with a straightforward vehicle for rapid data access exchange.