February 25, 2008 12:30 ET
IBM and Partners Utilizing SOA Strategy to Help Healthcare Providers Improve Efficiency and Patient Care
ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - February 25, 2008) - IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is
collaborating with nine business partners to help healthcare providers,
clinics and hospitals improve productivity, increase quality and reduce
costs through the use of service
oriented architecture (SOA). These partners are all working to develop
their latest healthcare applications using the IBM SOA Foundation and supporting a set of open technology
and industry standards.
IBM's healthcare strategy is based on the adoption of an SOA
approach and the use of open standards and standards-based electronic
health records to provide secure and private exchanges of records between
authorized healthcare provider and healthcare payer organizations. To
achieve these goals, IBM is currently working with clients within the
healthcare industry to transform the information delivery processes and
related business processes to be more "patient-centric."
Clients who deploy infrastructures based on this strategy can improve the
quality of healthcare delivered to their patents while reducing the costs
and expenses of providing these healthcare services. SOA can also allow
these healthcare providers to increase their agility to meet future changes
as the healthcare industry adopts new regulations or embraces new
methodologies in the delivery of care.
The nine partners announced today provide applications that support a
growing healthcare community that currently includes more than 8,000
clients worldwide. Their applications encompass many of the specialty
fields that impact the healthcare industry including: electronic health
records (Blueware); clinical portal (Carefx); document management (CGI
Solutions and Technologies and Ricoh); health analytics (Convergence CT);
consent management (HIPAAT); health enterprise management (Lawson);
communications (Nortel); and clinical and financial information management
(Siemens Medical Solutions).
"Healthcare is going through a fundamental transformation where innovation
will be driven by a healthcare provider's ability to achieve true
interoperability," said Janet Dillione, CEO of the Health Services business
unit of Siemens Medical Solutions. "IBM has based its SOA healthcare
strategy on open standards, which is similar to our strategy. At
Siemens, SOA is a core enabler of workflow technology that assists
healthcare organizations in realizing the agility, interoperability, and
efficiencies needed to drive healthcare quality up and costs down. This
strategy has served as a guiding principle in our Soarian development
Since it is based on interoperability and supports numerous open standards
within the industry(1), IBM's SOA healthcare strategy can help clients to
significantly reduce development time and lower costs. Depending on need,
various components of the IBM SOA Foundation can be used to connect and
integrate existing systems and data repositories to unlock, access, and act
on information across the enterprise. The IBM SOA Foundation is an
integrated, open-standards-based set of software, best practices and
patterns for SOA.
IBM's broad partnerships enable leading software providers to participate
in the overall SOA strategy, giving healthcare providers full flexibility
in choosing the business applications they need to address specific
business processes and challenges.
One example of this is DirectConnect, an internal initiative to provide a
streamlined workflow to clinicians within Catholic Healthcare West
(CHW), the eighth largest hospital system in the nation and the largest
not-for-profit hospital provider in California. Together, IBM teamed with
Carefx to deliver a portal-based, aggregate view of real-time,
patient-centric data that connects CHW clinicians to the information
necessary to deliver care.
"DirectConnect's ability to aggregate patient data in one comprehensive and
complete view improves the delivery of patient care and the work lives of
our physicians," said Terry Ambus, M.D., chief of staff, Mercy Gilbert
Medical Center and Chandler Regional Hospital. "With instant access to
essential information such as vital signs, laboratory results, radiology
exams and medication lists, our healthcare professionals can make more
informed decisions and concentrate time on direct patient interaction."
SOA can also help healthcare companies build, extend, and transform their
existing infrastructures incrementally over time, by allowing multiple
systems to consume and re-use business services, and provide web-based
collaboration throughout the healthcare community.
"Integration is one of the biggest problems facing healthcare today," said
Ivo Nelson, Vice President, IBM Global Healthcare Provider. "IBM's SOA
healthcare strategy provides clients with a smart and flexible
infrastructure that takes advantage of existing and new technologies to
support changing business operations and conditions."
IBM's SOA strategy incorporates aspects of several industry-leading product
portfolios including WebSphere, Lotus, Tivoli, Rational and Information Management and is a
critical component of IBM's Information on Demand initiative. These
portfolios have been further strengthened by a series of key acquisitions
such as Cognos, ISS and Watchfire.
SOA is among the fastest-growing segments of the information technology
industry and IBM offers the most comprehensive portfolio of software,
services and hardware for building, maintaining and extending SOA
environments. IBM has the largest number of SOA clients, with more than
5,700 SOA engagements all over the world. IBM also has a community of more
than 4,200 SOA Business Partners worldwide. For more information on IBM's
SOA capabilities, visit www.ibm.com/soa
Visit the IBM website for more information on IBM healthcare solutions.
IBM will host IMPACT 2008, the industry's largest SOA conference, April
6-11 in Las Vegas. For more information go to: www.ibm.com/soa/impact2008
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(1) Such as HIPAA EDI, HL7, and the IHE integration profiles.