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.

  1. 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.
  2. Leadership matters. It’s easier to achieve buy-in throughout the organization when strong leadership at the top clearly sets the tone and objectives.
  3. Define common data sets. Understand what clinical data providers need to make informed care decisions.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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