Wishing healthcare an innovative new year

As I gear up to deliver my first tech talk at the Illinois Technology Association on Jan. 25, I take a step back and relive my innovative experience delivering a similar session at the Gartner ITXPO Symposium last year. It is all about bringing the trifecta of business, technology and culture together to make Innovation real. Healthcare, for example, is a fascinating domain where there is always scope for innovation that can have a direct impact on our daily lives — whether it be from the perspective of the patient, the healthcare provider or the payer. Consider this paper-based device that can spin blood like a centrifuge — and thus called, lo and behold — Paperfuge! Or this app that took just a few minutes to diagnose the problem that took the doctors 16 years to find! Technology Innovation matters if and when it leads to business differentiation. Join me in wishing healthcare an innovative new year of 2017 — and if you happen to be in the area, I look forward to having an innovative discussion on this very topic at Tech Nexus on Wacker Drive in Chicago.

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I am so excited about Blockchain!  Blockchain is just one of the technologies that can be instrumental in driving seamless and secure interoperability between the various parties that make up the healthcare ecosystem. “While it is not a panacea, this new, rapidly evolving field provides fertile ground for experimentation, investment, and proof-of-concept testing,” say Deloitte consultants in a report they authored.

Innovative Integration accelerates Interoperability

Integration, as we knew it a few years back, is dead. Integration in the digital world has a long life in the decades ahead. Shakeup your integration strategy to enable digital transformation, says VP and Gartner fellow Massimo Pezzini in a blog post he wrote. Pezzini asserts that it is not just about transforming and modernizing the infrastructure and the applications concerned. How about modernizing some of the traditional integration techniques — hello innovation!

API Management. Gone are the days when you implemented an application first and added an API later. APIs are a mandatory component of application delivery these days — increasingly the first step in application design and development. Enter API management, which allows developers and operators to address security, performance, lifecycle, and governance concerns in a consistent, non-invasive way for all APIs deployed in the enterprise. Let me tell you a beautiful story about APIStrat !

Data Virtualization. Healthcare companies are replete with treasure troves of patient data across myriad databases augmented by the network of IoT devices and sensors that are data stores in their own right. Business intelligence teams with the right tools can mine this data and unearth brilliant insights that could lead to the creation of new treatments and faster diagnosis — just ask Steven Keating, one of two brain cancer patients featured in Red Hat’s The Open Patient. It shouldn’t take patients to open data sharing! Traditional integration approaches would involve the cost and complexity of data warehouses or extract, load, transform (ELT) techniques. How about leaving the data where it is? Instead, a logical data access layer can provide a virtual view simulating a single database schema even though there are multiple physical data stores being accessed behind the scenes.  Ask Gartner fellow Daryl Plummer and he would advise — Don’t Connect .. Collect!

Elastic Messaging. Modernized environments must scale to accommodate the dynamic requirements of newer workloads. Take messaging for example. With modern cloud technology, it’s practical to add and remove computing resources to accommodate changing workloads. Messaging environments in the digital world must be able to accommodate the fluctuating scales of workloads.

Microservices Integration. Microservices is still a distributed-systems problem, and integration is a core component of any distributed system. Integration technologies must have the ability to connect disparate pieces with environments that enable build, test and deploy using out-of-the-box (but pluggable) continuous integration and continuous delivery toolchains.

There you have it. Innovating integration is key to augmenting interoperability across healthcare. Doing so, will ensure a better patient experience overall.

Here is to technology innovation in healthcare in the 2017 that drives healthy differentiation for enterprises to impact real life!

What say you? Please share your thoughts either here or in person at the event on Jan 25.

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