All healthcare delivery providers, especially those whose organizations are small to medium-sized, are facing difficult decisions about their IT applications. Budgets have been shrinking, pressure to innovate never abates, and we’re in the midst of a pandemic. Should healthcare delivery organizations stand pat with their legacy systems or update them? Can the choice they make now safeguard them from having to adopt or accept more disruptive upgrades later?
To future-proof any integration strategy contemplated, IT decision-makers should take into account three issues:
- How much control they have
- Whether skilled resources are available
- Future costs to scale and innovate
NextGen Connect, formerly known as Mirth, is an open source interface engine that facilitates healthcare interoperability. Galen has found it to be invaluable in overcoming a variety of integration challenges.
The level of control: Having an agnostic engine in place as opposed to one that is tied directly to your EMR vendor provides substantial benefits when switching to a new EMR. Such transitions are massive in scope, requiring the evaluation, purchase, and implementation of a new integration engine, thus raising new demands on organizational resources and budgets. Having “control” means applying foresight to separate your ancillary connections from your EMR vendor. “Control” means being able to make strategic decisions about the future without having to return to square one with your technology partners.
To learn about how Galen can assist in future proofing your integration strategy by using NextGen Connect, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org