All posts by Gavin Tong

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

Forecasting FHIR

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Theodore Hook It’s been said that it takes about 10 years for a healthcare technology standard to progress from initial work within a standards development organization to being available in commercial products. As this article represents my 10-year anniversary writing for the magazine I … Continue reading Forecasting FHIR

Digital Transformation in the Age of FHIR

“Transformation is an ongoing process that tends to appear ordinary, when, in fact, something extraordinary is taking place.” Dr. Suzy Ross There’s considerable focus in the healthcare IT industry on digital transformation. While it may seem like a buzz word, it represents a significant shift in thinking about how an organization uses the intersection of … Continue reading Digital Transformation in the Age of FHIR

Pathfinding: How Upfront Business Modeling Reveals the Optimal Route Forward in Transformation Initiatives

“Maps are like campfires — everyone gathers around them, because they allow people to understand complex issues at a glance and find agreement about how to help the land.”  Sonoma Ecology Center, GIS/IS Program Web Site The Age of Transformation It seems like every Canadian healthcare organization is involved one type of transformational initiative or … Continue reading Pathfinding: How Upfront Business Modeling Reveals the Optimal Route Forward in Transformation Initiatives

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

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