High availability is a term used in the software industry to indicate that the application is available and running as expected a high percentage of the time. Availability is measured in percentage of up time for the system. For example, if a system has a 24-hour expected processing time and is down 17.5 hours per year, it has a 99.8% availability.
In a modern, connected healthcare environment, high availability is absolutely critical, yet there are still occasions – both planned and unexpected – that cause downtime.
Emergency management and clinical crews providing treatment to victims need medical records and health information fast, often making a hospital or clinic’s decision to participate in HIE a true matter of life and death. With health data safely stored digitally in a data center, data can be transferred in real time. The continuity of care for patients does not have to be delayed or medical history considered unknown when determining which treatments to provide, because in many cases, the data is already available before the patient walks in the door.
Imagine walking into a hospital and being charged more than $10,000 for a blood test to check your cholesterol level. And going to another hospital in the same state and being charged $10 for the exact same blood test. That’s what a team led by a University of California San Francisco researcher found when it looked at the prices California hospitals charge for 10 common blood tests.
If 2 applications don’t share the same set of use cases, then there won’t be any interoperability between them, or it will be fitful – like pasting content between word and a browser and vice versa – it kind of sorta works. Most of the time, but you’ll often have to manually fix it for things that didn’t work how you wanted it to. In these cases, the choice of optionality vs extensibility is moving deck chairs around on the titanic, and there’s not much you can do. Read more...
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2., we will begin publishing one health IT topic per day from 20 different individuals with a deep understanding of the topic. The author of each question was generous enough to stick her or his neck out and pose a short answer to the question in the hopes it will encourage further discussion in the comments section and also on Twitter using the #20HIT tag.
A modern healthcare environment demands that an interface engine do more than just connect one point to another.
The role of the interface engine must meet the requirements of a new generation of productive, connected, and efficient healthcare environments. Explored are the five major areas where the role of an interface engine is applicable within a modern healthcare environment. Read more...