Ready for Healthcare in a Box?

Why SaaS Might Be Exactly What the Industry Needs

Can technology solve some of the greatest challenges facing today’s hospitals and health networks? High costs? Provider mobility? Universal patient data integration, access and compliance? While Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan collaborate to solve healthcare issues for their employees, another worthy technology solution holds tremendous promise for healthcare delivery and patient management. We like to think of it as healthcare in a box, with a focus on the patient’s lifecycle.

Using the software as service model (SaaS), healthcare in a box is a way for smaller and mid-size healthcare organizations (health systems, hospitals, home health providers, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, labs, etc.) to embrace cloud-based solutions, decrease total cost of ownership and increase scalability and security with a 360-degree view of patient touch points as they optimize technology to achieve greater performance and patient care.

The Framework: How It Works

Rather than one organization investing in one platform, the healthcare in a box model brings together multiple capitalists that invest jointly in the development of a shared, cloud-based platform for supporting SaaS. That new secure, compliant foundation reduces operational and infrastructure costs by sharing them. At the same time, it gives healthcare businesses access to the latest versions of the business applications they need as well as the flexibility to scale use up or down instantaneously.

The beauty of the model may be easiest to see when examined through the lens of the critical business objectives topping the agendas of today’s healthcare organizations: 1) improving patient care, 2) embracing electronic healthcare record (EHR) systems, 3) incorporating data analytics, 4) keeping the data secured, and 5) enhancing accessibility.

Improved Patient Care

It is a tremendous challenge to maintain consistently strong patient care when various technology platforms are involved or when applications are outdated. The search for data across various systems and with limited tech capabilities (such as inadequate mobility) can make the life cycle of care tedious and frustrating for both providers and patients. The healthcare in a box solution, however, creates one central, state-of-the-art foundation from which patient care can be streamlined across all touch points: home health, primary care physician, hospital, specialist physicians, pharmacies and labs. With SaaS-based apps pulling information from centralized, up-to-date databases, healthcare teams are informed, mobile-enabled and better equipped to give patients attentive and informed service. It’s always a win in healthcare when more time is created for care and consultation by reducing paperwork and data entry.

EHR Systems

Most EHR systems are expensive investments that are proprietary in nature. The high costs do not end once an organization has developed its own unique EHR. The EHR solution has to be continually and expensively updated and reintegrated with each adjustment or addition to the patient life cycle. How can healthcare in a box solve this? Developing an EHR solution in the cloud and in partnership with other healthcare systems not only cuts down development and maintenance costs but also results in a nimble cloud solution that is easily integrated with the cloud-based SaaS applications. It’s a model that keeps records accessible, compliant and secure while guarding against digital obsolescence.

BI and Data Integration

The use and potential of predictive analytics and business intelligence (BI) give the power to save cost and increase efficiency of the healthcare industry. That said, creating portals that pull and analyze data from multiple operational systems is complex work that requires big ETL (extract, transform, load) teams with highly specialized skills. As healthcare providers and businesses look to the operational, transactional, predictive and IoT possibilities with BI and big data, they must also reconcile the diverse, disjointed nature of their underlying systems.

Security Challenge

This model can benefit even small healthcare organizations, as the responsibility of maintaining security and complying with industry regulations is shifted to the service provider. Saas applications are hosted by external providers. As a result, it keeps the model functional even if other applications used by healthcare organization collapsed. This lowers the risk of an attack as it keeps hackers away from hospital systems.

Enhanced Accessibility

Medical professionals can now access any data securely from any location. It is a cloud-based application which enables its end users and service providers to access the application without installing any onsite software. Moreover, SaaS vendors are responsible for fixing bugs, maintaining and updating the software. It doesn’t need on-site development as vendors can do it from anywhere.

Share the Challenge

Most likely the largest and most profitable healthcare systems in the world will be able to shoulder the full cost and innovation burden it will take to create a unified, patient-centric and data-rich solution for the entire continuum of healthcare services. For the rest of the industry, healthcare in a box is a cost-sharing, innovation-enabling opportunity that offers a nimble, data-smart, economical way to better deliver healthcare services and insight.

Healthcare in a box is a model to increase productivity and to keep the data secured. With Saas technology healthcare providers can safely store and share the confidential data with each other. To know more about healthcare in a box, get in touch with us.