In today’s healthcare technology landscape, many healthcare providers and IT companies are struggling with integration. Today there are hundreds of different data formats being exchanged, using a variety of integration standards that often aren’t very standard at all, which results in ‘shoot from the hip’ integration efforts that lead to lackluster data integrity and far too many points of failure.
Most companies are attempting to address this lack of standardization and rapid change using an old-fashioned and cost-prohibitive methodology, which I’m going to refer to as reactionary integration. Beware the three main drawbacks to this version of integration versus iPaaS.
#1: High-Priced Integration Engine
The reactionary style of integration involves, first and foremost, investing in a high-priced integration engine. Many integration engines come with a hefty licensing cost that wallops your budget right in the gut, often coming in at a minimum of $50,000 per year, but often rising as high as $100,000 plus per year.
After paying such a costly licensing fee you might expect your integration process will be painless and self-guided, but you’d be wrong. Costly integration engine licensing fees are just the beginning.
#2: Costly Internal Resources
The second criteria of a reactionary integration platform involves paying internal FTEs a hefty six-figure salary to engage in integration development and deployment year-round, regardless of your company’s integration roadmap. Your integration developer may be highly engaged for two months, then twiddling their thumbs for the following two months. It’s difficult to forecast how an integration engineer’s time will be spent, and consequently, it’s tough to budget for those resources and use them effectively.
#3: No Controls to Manage Integrations
The third drawback of the reactionary integration platform is a loosely defined set of controls to manage your integrations and notify you of key events within your integration platform. For instance, would you know if a specific thread within your integration engine stopped sending or receiving data? How about if one of your endpoints changes the format of the data being exchanged, creating data integrity issues? Would your integration staff be notified of this event real-time, and perhaps more importantly, if they were notified, would they have a response plan to deal with the issue, even if it occurred after hours or on a holiday?
Consider iPaaS Instead
The answer to the reactionary style of integration is the iPaaS, or Integration Platform as a Service. With Interoptex’s iPaaS there are no cumbersome up-front capital investments. All pricing is subscription-based, so you don’t have to worry about paying for more than you need, or paying for an FTE that isn’t used effectively.
Our iPaaS is aggressively monitored from end to end, so we’ll know before you do if a VPN goes down, if your data isn’t parsed correctly, or if there’s a disruption in your integration for any other reason. Unlike an FTE who may be on vacation or taking time off for unexpected illness, Interoptex’s robust team of Integration Guides will respond immediately to disruptive events, keeping your team in the loop every step of the way.
Finally, Interoptex provides a portal that our clients can use to get an overview of their integration processing, without giving access to PHI, so your analysts can make key decisions about new ways your integration data can be used without accessing the integration engine directly, reducing training and staffing costs.
iPaaS is rapidly replacing the old-fashioned reactionary way of managing healthcare data integration. Upgrade your integration approach today by switching to an iPaaS platform and refocus your organization’s efforts whether they belong: on providing and servicing patient care instead of costly integration headaches.
Seth Hobgood is the Principal and CTO at Interoptex.