Gartner Research

For Healthcare Delivery Organizations, Application Integration Does Not Produce Truly Integrated Applications

Published: 12 February 2013

ID: G00250225

Analyst(s): Wes Rishel


Gartner stresses the advantage of using an integrated application. Here, CIOs, CMIOs and clinical leaders will find how this differs from using applications composed through the techniques of "application integration" in healthcare delivery organizations.

Table Of Contents


  • What Are "Truly Integrated" Applications?
  • What Are "Interfaced Applications"?
  • Are Truly Integrated Applications Superior to Interfaced Applications?
  • Given These Challenges, Should an HDO Ever Use Interfaced Applications?
  • How Should an HDO Evaluate the Trade-Off Between Application Integration and Integrated Applications?
  • Does Buying All Applications From the Same Vendor Guarantee They Will Be Truly Integrated?
  • How Does SOA Change the Trade-Offs?
  • Is SOA Currently an Effective Strategy for Interfacing Disparate Applications?
  • What Are the Cost Trade-Offs?
  • Should HDOs Limit Themselves to Truly Integrated Applications?

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