Hospitals and health systems are currently focused on making healthcare more digital. Efforts to optimize EHR systems are coupled with implementation of new technologies to leverage artificial intelligence, voice technology, telemedicine, and data visualization. These technologies are truly groundbreaking, but without a considered approach the result is often unmanageable sprawl and depleted budgets with little room for support and maintenance.
In actuality, proper emphasis must be given to getting more out of existing assets. System interoperability is a key component for improving processes, and the need for operational efficiency is also critical. As growth continues to occur through acquisition, system and organizational integration is another important factor. By focusing on these objectives through the right IT strategy, many of the overarching challenges that hospital and health systems are facing can be surmounted.