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Health Information Interoperability Can Prevent Medical Errors

Recent research from Johns Hopkins, once again identified medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the US. A patient is injured by a preventable medical error every 5 seconds in this country. But what is being done about it?
Since the original report in 1999 by the Institute of Medicine, “To Err is Human” only modest inroads have been made. Diagnostic errors, medication errors, discharge errors, monitoring and communication errors are abundant in the US healthcare system, accidentally killing infants, children and adults.

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The Intrinsic Business Value of Enterprise Architecture for Healthcare Organizations


The following are excerpts from a recent article by David E. Clark, IRIS President, published in the August 2015 edition of “The Pulse – A Bi-Monthly Newsletter” from the Federal Health Architecture.


Enterprise architecture is one of the more commonly misunderstood technical disciplines, leaving healthcare business and policy professionals pondering the usefulness of it. The intrinsic business value is that enterprise architecture can save time, money and improve business and policy functions by developing clear baselines that lead to improved organizational awareness and decision making. If leveraged correctly, enterprise architecture can provide the framework to support sound technology choices, timely business process improvements and improved policies to support specific missions or functions. Continue reading