Healthcare’s era of “merger mania” creates additional interoperability challenges for newly forged organizations already grappling with the transition to value-based care. Based on Allscripts’ interviews with industry leaders, here are five tips for successfully integrating the clinical data so critical to population health, analytics and other quality care initiatives.
- Remember that change is hard. Culture changes along with the technology when organizations merge, are acquired or form strategic partnerships. Recognize that clinicians and staff may feel a loss of control.
- Leadership matters. It’s easier to achieve buy-in throughout the organization when strong leadership at the top clearly sets the tone and objectives.
- Define common data sets. Understand what clinical data providers need to make informed care decisions.
- Don’t build everything from scratch. Try to use as many standardized, reusable interfaces and components as possible to make it easy for new partners to join the existing data-sharing network.
- Leverage existing technology and EHR platforms. Rip-and-replace strategies can be costly and disruptive.
Learn more about how smart post-merger data-sharing strategies can help you optimize benefits such as economies of scale and improved quality of care while minimizing costs and clinician frustration.