Question: Downtime Interoperability
In this assignment, you will discuss approaches that healthcare organizations can take to address patient care during downtime interoperability.
The hospital systems are not functioning as they should, causing downtime interoperability. To begin, choose one of the following alternate solutions:
- Health information exchange
- Health information organization
- Cloud connectivity
- Paper processes
Then, in your initial post, answer the following:
- What are the pros and cons of the solution you chose?
- Based on your selected solution, identify the possible risks and financial impact to the organization.
- Support your answer with relevant research.
Respond to peers who selected different alternative solutions from the one you selected. In your response posts, compare your peers’ selected alternative solutions to the one you selected. Based on your comparison, which solution would you suggest to an organization? Explain.
To complete this assignment, review the Discussion Rubric.
In dealing with downtime, backup solutions are required to ensure full interoperability and consistency through all scenarios. Having multiple layers of contingencies built into the daily workflows through various means ensures that in any foreseen and unforeseen circumstances, downtime does not interrupt day to day. In this example, I chose to discuss cloud connectivity.
Although the cloud is not a new idea, the idea of cloud computing and the use of cloud servers has become much more prevalent across information driven industries. In the case of healthcare organizations, cloud computing has a few distinct advantages such as; easier access to data at any location, scalability, and security. Cloud computing also has a few distinct disadvantages in; the inability to fully control the structure and architecture of cloud servers, difficulty migrating existing systems to cloud compatibility, and requiring access to the internet.
In terms of risks, cloud computing solves some of the issues associated with traditional downtime, but also opens up an organization to new ongoing costs, as well as new security risks through a wider and more open network of data storage. Financially, a transition to cloud computing as a backup to traditional downtime challenges does create a new cost for an organization, but will allow for any downtimes not involving severe issues to be overcome by a simple transition on the back end (Galen Data, 2022).
Galen Data (2022). 9 Key Benefits of Cloud Computing in Healthcare. Retrieved from https://galendata.com/9-benefits-cloud-computing-healthcare/