Collaborations, Partnerships and the Evolving Healthcare IT

Information Technology and telecommunications are two major forces responsible for transformation of care delivery. Emerging technologies offers an opportunity for strategic business advantage to healthcare technology firms helping them develop evidence based medical practices. Today it is possible to remotely diagnose, monitor patient medical records and treat patients. Technology firms from time to time retool their thinking to improve their bottom line. Result – high speed/high tech. healthcare solutions that promise improved quality of care. Yes, we are talking about collaborations and partnership ventures by healthcare organizations.

Retooling of strategies

Bloomberg Businessweek news portal has carried one such story in its November 2012 issue. “NextGen Healthcare Information Systems LLC has decided to join hands with Microsoft to develop a NextGen medicine cabinet application for the Windows 8 platform.  NextGen hopes that the cabinet would enable customers to take active role in care collaboration across any mobile network any time by creating, tracking and sharing personal medical records – a firm step in the direction of mobile patient engagement. Collaborations, Partnerships and the Evolving Healthcare IT

Interoperability issues always troubled healthcare organizations. To counter this threat as also to accelerate development of integrated health IT solutions Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Georgia Institute of Technology has recently forged an alliance between them.  They aim to create an error free environment for testing new products besides provide training to the IT personnel. It would be a smooth affair as “their goals are the same and by working together, they can leverage investments made by Veterans Administration and other federal agencies,” opined Robert Kolodner, M.D., strategic advisor to Georgia Tech on its health care IT initiatives.  “The lab will also help academic and nonprofit organizations as well as providers of both commercial and open source products to anticipate trends and opportunities that will drive future health IT,” says the news item.

Businesswire, a leading news agency in a release issued in July 2012 reports that TransEngen, Inc., the United States’ leading provider of patient transaction processing solutions, has reached an agreement with Fifth Third Bank for quick processing of patient payments.” With the partnership in place, TransEngen expects to penetrate the market and boost up their sales as healthcare organizations seek better solutions for collecting patient payment, observes the news item. Similarly, in an attempt to commercialize healthcare technology more rapidly, Cleveland Clinic and Ohio State University have agreed to work together, reported The Columbus Despatch in their news portal, a few months ago.

Sunny Days Ahead

Several partnerships and alliances between technology firms and healthcare organizations have been taking place all across the United States. As stated by Accenture in their latest online Journal Outlook, “This is an era of cross-enterprise collaboration and it makes sense for a number of reasons and it happens in response to different kind of market drivers.” Such initiatives by healthcare organizations would go a long way to improve patient care and community health. Hospitals and clinics are now confident that technology will address interoperability and related issues for them. With companies like Google lining up for collaborative efforts, healthcare technology can look for brighter days ahead.

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