Mirth Connect: Future-Proofing Your Healthcare Integration Strategy on Budget
All healthcare delivery providers, particularly those with small to medium-sized businesses, are faced with difficult IT application options. Budgets are being cut, the demand to innovate is increasing, and we're in the midst of a pandemic. Should healthcare delivery firms keep their legacy systems in place or upgrade them? Is the decision they make now going to protect them from later needing to adopt or accept more disruptive upgrades?
IT decision-makers should consider three factors to future-proof any integration approach they are considering:
- How much control do they possess?
- Whether or not qualified resources are available
- Costs of scaling and innovating in the future
NextGen Connect, originally Mirth, is an open-source interface engine that makes healthcare interoperability possible.
KPi-Tech has found it to be really helpful in dealing with a number of integration issues.
The degree of Control
When migrating to a new EMR, having an agnostic engine in place rather than one that is tied directly to your EMR vendor gives significant benefits. Transitions of this magnitude necessitate the evaluation, purchase, and installation of a new integration engine, putting additional strain on organizational resources and budgets. Having "control" implies planning ahead of time to keep your ancillary connections distinct from your EMR provider. "Control" refers to the ability to make future strategic decisions without having to start over with your technological partners.
Advantages of using Mirth
- Mirth Connect, like most common interface engines, can transport data in a variety of formats and standards, such as HL7, XML, and CCD, using HTTP(S), (S)FTP, or database interaction. Based on our experience building in Mirth, we'll highlight how the application sets itself apart from the competition in this series of blog postings on Mirth Connect.
- The Mirth Connect application also has screens for Users, Settings, Alerts, Events, and Extensions for administration and maintenance. You can create server processes that will automatically prune old messages from your database to free up disc space, set up alerts to notify you when channels experience errors, install extensions to increase the capabilities of the interface engine, and set up alerts to notify you when channels experience errors.
Download our "14 Best Mirth Practices" PDF to help future-proof your integration strategy using NextGen Connect.