Many see healthcare as the last industry to be adopting new technologies, with many processes still done by faxes. But there are clear signs of digital transformation happening in key areas – provider by provider, and patient by patient. The question is no longer whether healthcare will reflect the always-connected economy we in today, but how it will look when patients and providers can start benefiting from connected data-driven services.
At athenahealth, the typical technology pain points of an established enterprise company in the healthcare industry were felt acutely, but the company’s leadership committed to undergo a digital transformation to extract value from its legacy systems by building modern data services. The goal is to create a data fabric that spans both traditional and cloud-native data sources, across datacenter and cloud-based infrastructure. Analytics tools can then be applied against this data fabric to capture new insights, process real-time data, and deliver personalized services.