Being in charge of IT for a healthcare organization isn't easy. You're responsible for vast amounts of some of the most sensitive information that an organization can deal in; medical data. You're also dealing with financial information, insurance, securing your organization's Internet of Things (IoT) and other information that requires you to be up on compliance for laws like HIPAA and GDPR. You have to stay within your budget, keep everything updated and make sure all of your organization's tech works. It's a lot, especially for smaller healthcare providers who don't have the budget to constantly update software, maintain a server, hire a large IT staff or — in some cases — keep a compliance officer.
Compared to other industries, Healthcare has been slow to adopt big data, for a variety of reasons. Hospitals’ budget priorities, medical records spread across various institutions, and concerns about data security have all acted as barriers to adoption.
FHIR it up! Progress for healthcare IT standard If you work in Healthcare IT and don’t know what FHIR is, or what it stands for, you should. FHIR is a standard that just may improve the quality of service of healthcare providers all over the world in the years to come. It stands for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources and is a set of standards that define how healthcare service providers should share healthcare information amongst each other and with the patients themselves. It defines the format of the data so that when information is shared, other healthcare providers know how to interpret the data.