Having an integrated health IT infrastructure allows a healthcare organization and its providers to streamline the flow of data from one department to the next. Not all health settings, however, find themselves in this situation. Either through business agreements or vendor selection processes, many a healthcare organization has to spend considerable time and resources getting their disparate health IT systems to talk to each.
Such is the case of Memorial Healthcare, a community health system in Owosso, Mich., which has Meditech on the hospital side and Allscripts in its physician offices. Frank Fear, VP & CIO of Memorial, has spent the last few years working on solutions to enable integration not only between the two vendors’ offerings but also within the same system in the case that it is made up of both an EHR and a practice management solution (PM).
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