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Kevin Puscas, CTO of RosettaHealth, discusses his recent guest article in EMR Industry

Going from “Good to Great” in the HIT Interoperability Arena

What is the connection between the classic business book, “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... and Others Don't” and HIT Interoperability?  

The answer is plenty, according to a recent EMR Industry guest article by Kevin Puscas, the CTO of RosettaHealth.

First published in 2001, this best-selling business book focuses on how different companies effectively cracked the code for becoming “Good to Great” within their respective industries.

In terms of the HIT Interoperability connection, Kevin discusses how the author’s idea of the “Hedgehog Concept,” which is all about finding and leveraging your organizational strengths, is an important concept in Health IT.

With Interoperability playing a larger role in a wide-range of healthcare organizations -- whether it is hospitals, practices, ACOs, HIEs, or Big Data analytics -- the key is how to have this strength within your organization.

As the breadth and volume of what is exchanged has increased, so too has the complexity. This is especially true when trying to exchange information between organizations – with every potential exchange there can exist a number of options and pitfalls.

According to Kevin, this is where the “Hedgehog Concept” can provide a useful guide:

  1. Is HIT interoperability something that your organization is good at today? Do you already have an established team of experienced people, the IT infrastructure, the required operations, and it is a proven part of an organization’s daily business?  Or is it a reliance on that one person, or that one tool or solution that was put together for that one case?

  2. Do you want to be good at creating and maintaining interoperability solutions? With a myriad of potential approaches, standards, tools, and challenges, establishing a successful interoperability capability within your organization is no small effort. It requires real commitment of both attention and resources over the long term. Maybe it isn’t something you want to be good at, but is critical to support what you are really good at.

  3. Does it make sense to be good at creating and maintaining interoperability solutions? Take a look at the things that are truly core to your business. Is it caring for patients, establishing healthcare communities, or maybe taking vast quantities of healthcare data and finding new insights about a population? Does it make sense then to add to that the ability to develop and maintain interoperability solutions? Knowing that this is a long-term investment, is this something that you want to commit both attention and resources?

If you answered “no” to these questions, what are the alternatives?

To learn the answer of this question, please be sure to read the full EMR Industry article here.  In addition, if you are attending HIMSS 2017, please stop by the RosettaHealth booth (#6594) to learn more about how your organization can go from “good to great” when it comes to HIT Interoperability.