3 steps closer

3 steps to get your hospital closer to its interoperability goals

by Ron Nielson
As a hospital leader, you’re likely wrestling with major obstacles to capture, manage and transform your hospital's data to meet your goals.

You’re not alone.

According to an IDC Health Insights study (sign up below to see the full study), almost 85 percent of surveyed hospital executives agreed that multiple areas of their facilities fall short when it comes to optimizing document workflows. However, of those surveyed, 77 percent rated the ability to find and integrate information from different repository platforms to gain insights and answers or to predict business outcomes as “very important.”

Getting closer to achieving information mobility can help you meet your interoperability goals and increase efficiency.

So why is there such a large disconnect? And how can you bridge this gap?

The key to turning obstacles into opportunities is for hospitals to maximize their information mobility, an important driver for healthcare initiatives. While “interoperability” describes the ability of a technology to work with other technologies, “information mobility” describes how easily and efficiently hospitals and entities can capture, manage and transform patient and business data across departments and other institutions.

Simply put: Getting closer to achieving information mobility can help you meet your interoperability goals and increase efficiency.

Not sure where to start? Here’s a brief list of steps to get you started:

1. Assess and map your current workflow

Take a step back and look at all of your existing processes throughout the care continuum. This includes everything that surrounds a patient being admitted to the hospital, diagnosed and treated and then discharged.

2. Identify gaps

Once you’ve assessed your current systems and processes, note what information is required, and when and where it is stored. Are there areas where information is being lost or mistranslated?

3. Find where technology can address these gaps

Chances are you found several areas where information flow could be improved. Consider what information mobility technology can help you improve those processes. Taking proactive measures towards reaching your goals can help to set your organization up for long lasting success.

IDC: Information mobility at hospitals drives quality care

Discover all the ways that information mobility can improve your healthcare organization’s processes today. 
Ron Nielson
Ron Nielson, Vice President, Healthcare, Ricoh USA, Inc., is responsible for strategic direction and driving growth for Ricoh’s healthcare vertical while working with executive leadership on global healthcare initiatives. He brings more than 25 years of experience to the role with strong leadership skills and a strategic vision for identifying and understanding clients’ needs to ultimately ensure successful partnerships.