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Pedal to the Metal: Accelerating MDM in Healthcare

Appliances Accelerate MDM Adoption

During the past decade, the healthcare and life sciences industries have embraced master data management (MDM) for the standardization and harmonization of business processes, effective data stewardship, and accountable data governance. As a result, large organizations and enterprises in these spaces were able to capture the benefits of MDM and to help quickly deliver real clinical value to their stakeholders. MDM implementations in these areas have led to enhanced patient safety and a complete, 360-degree view of patients, providers, facilities, and delivery sites.

Larger healthcare organizations that adopted MDM early are now leveraging their IBM® MDM platforms to manage new core processes including revenue cycle management, advanced clinical analytics, health information exchange integration, order queue management, and provider attribution for accountable care organizations.

Midsize healthcare organizations operate with constrained IT and clinical resources. And in today’s changing healthcare landscape, these organizations are being asked to enhance the efficiency of processes and manage costs while complying with ever more stringent mandates of security, privacy, and interoperability.

As competition grows between healthcare providers, midsize organizations are striving to remain competitive. They dream of providing additional tools and services that will attract patients who might otherwise go to the larger hospitals in the region.

The IMT Master:ID mdm appliance addresses these concerns directly while also minimizing the amount of in-house expertise and resources required to effectively manage and exploit the benefits of an MDM platform.

Here’s how Master:ID works:

Master:ID is a pre-configured platform that includes all of the necessary software, hardware, and application support to enable midsize organizations to get an MDM implementation quickly up and running.

Master:ID is pre-packaged in a way that ensures that customers get everything they need to be successful.

We begin with hardware: Master:ID is built on IBM System X hardware running a Linux Operating system. The hardware is scaled to handle the high transaction volumes that hospitals experience, with plenty of room to grow as more patients register over time.

Included in the bundle is a fully licensed copy of IBM InfoSphere MDM Standard Edition, DB2 Enterprise, WebSphere Application Server, BPM Express, and a pre-configured Patient and Provider data model, algorithm, and HL7 integration.

On top of the core components, IMT’s experienced implementation services team will integrate your source systems with Master:ID so that you can start realizing the benefits of MDM within the first 90 days. Additionally, our 3-year support contract means that you’ll have access to 24-7 support to keep your MDM hub running at its best.

Let’s go over the benefits of Master:ID:

Our simplified procurement process puts all the necessary software, hardware, services, and support components under one contract. Ongoing configuration, management, and reporting occurs remotely by IMT staff supporting the appliance and additional services can be bundled with the appliance to enable your organization to maximize the returns on your MDM investment. For example, we offer enhanced analytics reporting, Order Queue Manager for routing lab orders, Resolve:ID for active integration, and data governance workflows using BPM Express, which can all be added to the solution to extend the reach of your MDM implementation.

Furthermore, the Master:ID appliance has the ability to scale and grow with your organization over time.

The end result is that healthcare organizations now have a fast-track to realizing the benefits of MDM that is affordable, manageable, and backed by IMT’s proven implementation and support teams.

This blog post is based on an article written by IMT CEO, Brian Eckhardt that originally appeared in IBM Data Magazine.
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