All posts by Gavin Tong

Gavin Tong, MBA, CPHIMS-CA, Standards and Interoperability Editor, is a Senior Consultant with Gevity in Toronto, Ontario

Spring is Coming – Time to Clean Up Your Enterprise IT

“The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t” -Marie Kondo As spring approaches and organizations focus on budgets for the next fiscal year, it’s time to start thinking about application rationalization. The term “rationalization” usually refers to a process companies undertake to reorganize and increase … Continue reading Spring is Coming – Time to Clean Up Your Enterprise IT

Open System Architecture – From Principles to Fieldwork

“In theory there is no difference between practice and theory. In practice there is.” Yogi Berra We’ve previously discussed the role of innovation in IT to help drive down costs to the system overall1, and how adhering to the principles of open system architecture (OSA) facilitates adoption by service consumers and lowers IT costs related … Continue reading Open System Architecture – From Principles to Fieldwork

SMART on FHIR: Will it Change Accountability for Privacy and Security Risks?

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that SMART on FHIR application program interfaces (APIs) will change how we integrate source systems such as EMR and HIS with external applications. As with any new ‘technology’ in healthcare, it also raises questions about accountabilities for risks related to privacy, security and patient safety. SMART on FHIR is a specification … Continue reading SMART on FHIR: Will it Change Accountability for Privacy and Security Risks?

Integration Framework: Viewer, Direct, SMART on FHIR App

“Success always has its home in the last mile ” Malenadu Group Connecting the “last mile” is a term often used to describe the activities required to connect Point of Service (POS) Systems – such as hospital information systems (HIS) and community based electronic medical records systems (EMR) – to external regional or provincial applications … Continue reading Integration Framework: Viewer, Direct, SMART on FHIR App

The Rising Importance of Organizational Interoperability

People like to lament interoperability standards for not meeting their expectations. It’s easy to understand why when you look at the way interoperability standards are marketed with promises to do everything from reducing costs to solving world hunger. Most people expect the standard they are implementing to help them achieve the holy grail of interoperability, … Continue reading The Rising Importance of Organizational Interoperability

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