There’s no doubt that digital transformation in healthcare has the potential to improve patient outcomes, increase productivity, and reduce healthcare costs. In fact, we’re seeing many apps on Kinvey that aim to do just that — our most recent App Spotlight customer, Heartlytics, is doing just that. However, to be truly effective, these apps need to integrate with providers’ EHR systems, and that can be a challenge.
These legacy EHR systems were designed without mobile in mind, so integration is complex. There’s no standard in the way data is formatted, stored, and retrieved across EHR providers. Even implementations of the same system at different hospitals will be highly customized and unique, so integrating with e.g. EPIC at one hospital will be a completely different process than integrating with EPIC at another.