Five Dimensions of Integration Vital to the Well-being of Healthcare

After moderating the Executive Roundtable at the CDM Media CIO Energy Summit in Houston, I look ahead to the CDM Media CIO Healthcare Summit in my hometown of Chicago on Oct 4 and review the abstract for the session by Red Hat and Intel : Open & agile IT environments are key to value-based care success.  And one word jumps out at me loud and clear -- Integration -- that clearly manifests itself from varied perspectives.  Takes me back to a recent quote that I had referenced “Integration is Dead! Long live integration!”.  When it comes to healthcare, multiple dimensions of integration are not only alive but need to be sustained for the well-being of the ecosystem of healthcare overall.  Let me explain why and if you are attending the Summit in Chicago, please do stop by and we would love to have a chat with you about the dimensions most relevant to you.


1.Integration of Data.  I recall my interaction with Steven Keating at the Red Hat Summit where Keating brought out the need for interoperability as well as easy access to data through initiatives like those headed by OpenNotes.  A holistic perspective on the patient at hand that comprehensively factors in all the aspects of their health related data is vital to drive value based care.  Integration of data is vital to healthy interoperability.

2.Integration of Architecture. Innovative partnerships like the one between Red Hat and Intel drive the need for an integrated architecture for the solution at hand.  This is best addressed through a secure, flexible and open IT architecture as the abstract calls out.  Together Red Hat and Intel make technology safe—bringing the world’s most advanced enterprise IT platform, cloud, and SDI capabilities to market with an open, flexible, and exceptionally safe infrastructure. Integration of architectural components is vital to the health of the overall solution.

3.Integration of Cloud.  Cloud is not a one model fits all.  To accommodate different scenarios, an open hybrid cloud is essential to ensure that the right workloads are deployed in the environment best suited for them.  However, this would also require seamless integration of the applications and data across the different cloud environments including traditional solutions.  It is not just the applications and infrastructure, but integration itself is going through modernization.

4.Integration of Infrastructure.  As mentioned in the abstract, “It's critical that the orchestration of these technologies work in conjunction with your current infrastructure as you move toward your future infrastructure environment.”  Enough said!  The technologies chosen must have the ability to seamlessly transition from the current to the future infrastructure.  The overall experience must give the perception of an integrated infrastructure – current and future.

So, there you have it.  The four dimensions of integration as they apply to the healthcare ecosystem.  But, wait a minute! Where is the fifth one?  It is really the integrated mindset that is the foundation for all of these technologies and concepts.  It is imperative that every stakeholder and participant have an integrated mindset that puts the patient – you, me and Keating for example – at the top of the list.  Once all the participants in the ecosystem of healthcare embrace this mindset, it will make it a lot easier for magic to happen.

What say you?  Are there other dimensions of integration that matter to you?

Please let me know. Or, even better, let us talk at the CDM Media CIO Healthcare Summit in Chicago!


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About E.G. Nadhan

With over 25 years of experience in the IT industry selling, delivering and managing enterprise solutions for global enterprises, E.G.Nadhan is the Chief Technology Strategist at Red Hat (Central Region) working with the executive leadership of enterprises to innovatively drive Cloud Transformation with Open Source technologies and DevOps. Nadhan also provides thought leadership on various concepts including Big Data, Analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT). Nadhan has published 500+ blog posts over four years in multiple Blogs including HP, The Open Group, Enterprise CIO Forum, 1CloudRoad and Intel ITCenter while interacting with analysts from Forbes, Gartner and IDC. Prior to joining Red Hat, Nadhan was an HP Thought Leader and the Global Leader for the Culture of Innovation where he worked with the executive leadership of strategic accounts to realize innovative ideas that address key business challenges for customers. As the Co-Chair for multiple projects within the Cloud Work Group, Nadhan led the publication of the first Cloud Computing Technical Standard and leads the Cloud Governance project within The Open Group. He is a recognized author/speaker at industry conferences and has co-authored multiple books. Follow him on Twitter @NadhanEG. Connect with him on LinkedIn.