The healthcare industry is moving rapidly towards digitization. As government regulations and expectations for broad interoperability take hold in the sector, many healthcare organizations are seeking to transform themselves into lean, innovative digital enterprises. For a large Midwest healthcare provider, this journey began in 2014. They embarked on a transformation of their IT.
What had been a collection of siloed, unintegrated, independently operating information technology entities would become a unified, digital business agile capability. Like others, this company was reacting to forcing functions sweeping the industry.
The healthcare provider’s transformation was not an option. Their business plan called for massive innovative growth, addressing government mandates, and meeting the trend towards digitization of healthcare. It also called for extensive cost cutting. Overall, the project took on a challenging directive. The organization had vast application integrations in place. They had to do extensive rationalization of applications and infrastructure. To realize the transformation, the organization saw that APIs were going to be the key strategy going forward.
The healthcare provider deployed the Akana platform on premises. They are also partnering with the Akana Professional services team to deliver an HL7 FHIR server implementation based on the open source HAPI FHIR library. Akana is a contributor to this open source project.
The healthcare provider leverages the following capabilities provided by the solution:
The healthcare provider chose Akana after an extensive RFI search. They selected Akana because of the company’s complete end-to-end API management capabilities, knowledge of the healthcare industry, and its commitment to partnership. Specifically:
Overall, by selecting Akana, the healthcare provider is on track with their digital transformation journey. They are able to get their solution to marketing more quickly than would have been able to with any other vendor’s product.
The healthcare provider is tackling their transformation in phases. The first phase was to establish the Akana platform in a production environment that can be used by every organization. This phase was completed in March 2016. The healthcare provider on-boarded several APIs ranging from REST to SOAP and MQ.
Along with setting up the production platform they needed to establish the governance strategy for APIs going forward. Akana’s professional services team provided an assessment of the current and future state and recommendations for their governance strategy going forward. The recommendations covered everything from organizational structures through to technical implementation.
The healthcare provider is in the process consolidating four early adoption HL7 FHIR servers into a strategic enterprise scalable FHIR server. The Akana professional services team contributes to the FHIR server build out focusing on the security, scalability, and the enterprise deployment of a multi-tenant HL7 FHIR server. The next phase for the healthcare provider is begin to automate the defined governance process leveraging the lifecycle management capabilities.