Now that the final MACRA rule puts added pressure on healthcare systems to achieve widespread interoperability by year-end 2018, it’s high time to stop talking the talk and actually start walking the walk. Middleware looks increasingly like one of the most promising solutions for making efficient data sharing a reality.
Middleware software links disparate applications that reside on different servers. That means it can connect multiple EHRs with each other as well as with enterprise applications or other web services — without the need for providers to invest in building a new framework. It offers far more flexibility than the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) solution, which can link only two systems.
Other advantages of using middleware include:
- Transparent, secure access to patient data directly from multiple databases
- Scalable platform for additional applications
- Elimination of data duplication
- Reduction in IT costs from optimizing existing systems and applications
Find out more about how middleware can improve data sharing efficiency by helping healthcare organizations take interoperability to the next level.