The view put forth, in terms of healthcare delivery in Information technology, by physicians, consumers and healthcare executives seems to be quite disparate. In order to create a successful healthcare system, Physicians see themselves as those most responsible. However, they are unsure about who the other stakeholders should be. Consumers on the other hand feel that the onus lies with the government to take the responsibility. They are fast becoming active participants in their healthcare, turning to friends, family & the Internet to supplement their physicians’ advice. They also want to have higher say in Healthcare Software Maintenance and decisions in the future.

The biggest concerns of CIOs? with health technology include interoperability, overall costs and medical staff alignment. Also there are multiple challenges to be faced when it comes to implementing Health IT solutions. Many suggestions have come forth from industry leaders. To start with, engaging stakeholders from beginning till the end is very important. This can be achieved by creating a team which represents all the groups that will be using the system. Such a step ensures that each of them have a say in implementation and functionality. It is important to have everyone on the same page when it comes understanding what defines success in addition to what will be required to achieve it. The platform chosen has to be a flexible one, backed by an effective change management programs involving required training and support activities. In order to avoid escalation in costs and delays in delivery, limiting changes when the system is getting built is very vital.

The role of CIO is very demanding when it comes to implementing Health IT initiatives.

It is generally the fearless ones who are quick to understand that avoiding o delaying taking critical decisions can only be harmful in the long run & that the road to improvement is paved not always with perfection but, sometimes with lessons learned. They are required to get the best information they can get, evaluate it, synthesize it, and move on.

Amongst healthcare providers, there is going to be acceleration in the use of Health Information Exchange (HIE). One of the critical factors leading to this is the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirement for more HIE participation and the technical standards need for interoperability. So the providers have started realizing that despite the numerous complexities and challenges associated with the exchange of health data, use of HIE will continue to increase The major concern in HIE is not whether to do it but how best to do it so as to be able to maximize the benefits . Provider consolidation, Increased adoption of electronic health records and cost-reduction and operational efficiency initiatives are going to be major factors influencing HIE market growth ? both short & longer-term. The governments at the state level are trying varied approaches to set up and manage the health information exchanges at a fast pace to expedite the process.

Mindfire solutions has been developing Agile Software Development for Healthcare domain for the past 10+ years. We have a team of certified experts who are aware of the protocols which need to be followed to develop systems with Meaningful Use.

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