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Tuesday March 21, 2023

Communication Breakdown: The Growing Need for Data Integration Services in Community Hospitals

When the topic of effective data integration in healthcare comes up, it's hard not to think of Led Zeppelin’s "Communication Breakdown."

Although this classic rock ballad may have been intended to connect more with the frustrated youth of a disillusioned generation, the central message will also strike a chord among providers in the healthcare industry, where pervasive disconnects have eroded patient outcomes and contributed to mounting physician burnout.

For smaller community hospitals without the resources to handle vast amounts of data, securely managing data integrations while complying with evolving regulations is an even more daunting challenge.

Or, as Robert Plant put it, "Communication breakdown, it's always the same / I'm having a nervous breakdown, drive me insane!"

At MEDHOST, we understand how the proliferation of healthcare consumer data is altering the industry's provision of care. In response, we have designed innovative data integration solutions that empower our community hospital partners to streamline their processes and enhance the quality of care they provide.

So, let's take a note from Led Zeppelin and prioritize data integration solutions to prevent "nervous breakdowns" and ensure patients receive the best care possible.

The Rising Demand for Data Integration Services

The concept of seamless data integration services is not new, but the healthcare sector's data volume has grown considerably. Research from the International Data Corporation (IDC) in 2018 revealed that healthcare data is growing significantly faster than other industries.

This highlights a significant issue faced by community providers: exchanging massive amounts of data from multiple, usually diverse, sources and formats.

To address these challenges and achieve the financial and operational benefits of data integration, hospitals and healthcare organizations should contemplate outsourcing this workload to a team of experts.

Seven Advantages of MEDHOST Integration Management

An integration management solution can significantly transform any healthcare enterprise, and the anticipated benefits can translate into smoother daily operations. Whether it's managing system data integrations or ensuring data integrity during transit between systems, MEDHOST's integration management solution can:

  • Quickly resolve problems occurring behind the scenes, reducing ongoing maintenance issues
  • Eliminate redundancies and integrate data silos into a single usable format
  • Reduce the costs and resources used in managing competing interfaces internally
  • Proactively monitor and alert teams when data is shared between providers and systems
  • Reallocate staff time and resources previously used on manual data tasks
  • Enhance data security and decrease the risk of data breaches
  • Offer a 360-degree view of all healthcare data across the enterprise

MEDHOST Managed Integration Services (MMIS) is a comprehensive integration engine and management solution for securely and efficiently communicating electronic data between your EHR, clinics, state registries, health information exchanges, Point of Care (POC) devices, and third-party vendors.

To learn how MEDHOST Managed Integration Services can assist your community hospital in saving resources and costs while enhancing population health in a value-based healthcare ecosystem, please contact us at or call 1.800.383.6278.

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