For many healthcare firms, the IT infrastructure can present something akin to a double-edged sword. On one end of the spectrum, the right technologies can help medical facilities improve patient care and meet HIPAA compliance. On the other hand, updating legacy systems requires resources such as time and money.
Invariably, modern technology evolves so quickly. It leaves almost everyone in a tailspin. Around 90% of the world’s data was created only within the past two years. It’s not easy to keep up, especially when managing something as crucial as medical care. In addition, learning how to use and integrate new tools is frustrating for IT departments already overwhelmed with putting out fires, managing employee requests, and maintaining the current systems.
Also, ripping apart old systems and installing new ones isn’t always the most effective solution. Taking this route can cause serious business disruptions, which is not something we recommended for healthcare.
Therefore, it almost makes sense why so many healthcare firms hang onto their legacy systems for much longer than needed. However, keeping these outdated systems also drives increased expenditures while decreasing overall productivity.
Thus, we suggest modernizing healthcare legacy systems on a case-by-case basis. Undoubtedly, legacy systems served your organization well in the past. Nonetheless, patient care expectations have evolved as the world markets have changed. As a result, it is critical to remove the barriers of administrative burdens and obstacles to digitization that can transform your healthcare firm.
We’ve analyzed and compiled seven key options for modernizing healthcare legacy software, each with unique opportunities and risks. Moreover, we’ve explained them in clear terms, so technology leaders can easily communicate key advantages and disadvantages to business leaders within their organizations.
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