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Healthcare Delivery Organizations Should Avoid These Pitfalls When Using Sidecar Integration

Published: 21 March 2014

ID: G00261606

Analyst(s): Wes Rishel, Barry Runyon


Sidecar application integration is a promising way to provide innovating features and to integrate outside information, but can easily misfire. HDO CIOs, chief medical information officers and IT leaders should use these guidelines to avoid issues of patient safety, and to maintain user confidence.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Use Pilots and Focus Groups to Avoid Implementing Sidecars That Bother Clinical Users With Information Not Directly Beneficial to Them at the Time It Is Presented
  • Ensure That When Multiple Clinical Applications Are Simultaneously Visible, They Always Describe the Same Patient, Even Under Error Conditions
  • Avoid Sidecar Applications That Synchronize Patient Data With the EHR Through Messages in the Background
  • Choose the SMART on FHIR API to Support Sidecar Applications, When EHR Vendors Provide This Option

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