For EHRs, Application Integration Does Not Produce Truly Integrated Applications

Archived Published: 21 September 2010 ID: G00206865


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Gartner stresses the advantage of using an integrated application. Here, we answer questions about how this differs from using applications composed through the techniques of "application integration" with reference to "modular electronic health records" and accountable care.

Table of Contents

  • What You Need to Know
  • Analysis
    • What Are "Truly Integrated" Applications?
    • What Are "Interfaced Applications"?
      • Are EHR Modules Integrated or Interfaced?
      • Are Truly Integrated Applications Superior to Interfaced Applications?
      • Given These Problems, Should an HDO Ever Use Interfaced Applications?
      • How Should an HDO Evaluate the Trade-Off Between Aftermarket Application Integration and an Integrated Application?
      • Does Buying All Applications From the Same Vendor Guarantee They Will Be Truly Integrated?
      • How Does SOA Change the Trade-Offs?
      • What Are the Cost Trade-Offs?
      • Should HDOs Limit Themselves to Truly Integrated Applications?
  • Recommended Reading
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