How to Introduce Microservices in a Legacy Healthcare Environment

The following was a guest blog post on HealthcareScene.com.

Healthcare as a whole is finding new ways to use technology to improve population health and patient experience. Population health is looking for a spectrum of precision in patient and provider data as well as clinical cost metrics and matching that data to patient communication, metrics and clinical outcomes. Patient experience requires streamlining information that is both timely and personalized, which is hard to accomplish with monolithic systems.

A monolithic system is usually one that has grown over many years and performs numerous functions that are not architecturally separated. These systems tend to be brittle and not easily changed.  The proliferation of mergers and acquisitions in healthcare further exacerbates the complexity of operating multiple monolithic systems within a healthcare network. It is not unheard of to operate 5, 8 or even 12 billing systems in parallel, because combining them would take so much more time, and it is more cost effective to let them operate individually.

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How to Efficiently Leverage Multiple Data Sources to Create Relevant Patient Experiences

According to Forrester Research’s customer experience index, even improving patient experience by one or two points can have an enormous impact on patient satisfaction and a health care organization’s bottom line. It’s the proverbial win-win. However, the same report indicates that not one company across any industry is earning marks of excellence for customer experience—not even Disney, the customer-first, customer experience poster child.

Health care organizations have been, and continue to be, invested heavily in patient experience to improve outcomes and lower costs. The potential to realize these improvements depends on the quantity, quality, and diversity of data available. The post-EMR implementation landscape and health app explosion are cranking out more data than clinicians or marketers can disseminate. Interoperability is a key and complex problem health care faces, but there are means of getting answers to patient experience questions quickly without wading through siloes of data and internal bureaucracy. The key is to get to actionable insights regardless of whether your data is your own or combined with third party data from public sources or private partners.

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Patient Experience Strategy Poised for Big Growth in 2018. Here's Why.

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The full article can be read on LinkedIn Healthcare Pulse

Meeting customers and patients “where they are” is already shaping up to be the healthcare consumer and patient experience mantra of 2018. Consumers are starting to demand it as their tolerance for slogging their way through the system of care decreases.

Marketers across industries have pivoted from old push/pull methods of customer interaction toward customer-centric engagement. This requires a deeper understanding of customer motivations to anticipate 'next best actions' to create an experience customers value. The past few years have brought a greater understanding to the customer journey and better data and analytics to improve the customer experience. Healthcare is also adopting practices from outside the industry. 

Healthcare marketing now has the tools, the talent and the momentum to make real headway in 2018. 

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