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Un-complicating Healthcare IT

3 Simple Health IT Strategies for CEOs: #2 Interoperability Assessment

Jan 10, 2017 12:30:00 PM Posted by Phil Stravers | Partner, V.P. Strategy & Development

465489009.jpgWelcome to part two of this “simple health IT strategies for CEO’s in 2017” series. These three strategies are meant to be simple, short reads for you as you’re busy with projects starting in the New Year. I’m offering practical horse sense tailored to the independent community healthcare IT setting. The first strategy was “Implement Security As A Service,” and today we’re going to KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) again with another strategy for data sharing.

2. Create your enterprise healthcare IT data sharing plan by conducting an Interoperability Assessment

I warned you these would be simple. What is an interoperability assessment you ask? It’s a top down view of your data-sharing requirements department-to-department, organization-to-organization, referral sources, patient portals, etc. It is impossible to share information effectively by continuing to piece-meal your approach to interoperability. You need to deploy a comprehensive approach and to continue to rely on your primary EHR vendor as the advisor for this will only leave you disappointed and broke. The standards are improving, but you can only take advantage of those improved standards if you employ the right data management technology and strategies throughout your organization.

You can’t chip around the edges on this and be successful; all of the interfaces and data-sharing components must be considered in your master plan. Doing so will not only improve your ability to share data, but also likely improve your clinician efficiency, quality scores and clinician/patient experience.

Tune in for the third simple health IT strategy on how to modernize your health IT operation for 2017 in the next blog!

If you want to learn more about an Interoperability Assessment, let us know if we can help.


Phil Stravers | Partner, V.P. Strategy & Development

Phil Stravers, Partner and EVP of Strategy & Market Development at ICE Technologies, Inc. has been in consulting and management roles within the information technology industry for over 25 years and has spent more than 20 years helping hospitals and clinics “make IT work better”. Phil has had the opportunity to act as an Interim CIO for numerous hospitals which gives him a unique perspective on their challenges and associated solutions. Phil really enjoys sharing lessons learned and frequently presents at various hospital associations, HIMSS events and healthcare board rooms all over the country. In addition to his passion for improving Health IT, he loves baseball (die hard Cubs fan) and has spent more than 15 years coaching young baseball players. Phil lives in Pella, IA and often shares concepts learned from his background in coaching along with the Dutch farm culture and work ethic that his home town is known for.