The Archive Continuum Part 5: Evaluating Your Needs

The Archive Continuum Part 5: Evaluating Your Needs

In the first blog of this series, we attempted to answer a simple question: “What is an archive?” Well, as it turns out, the answer isn’t all that simple as the definitions, types and use cases of “archive” vary. We introduced the idea of the Archive Continuum and in our second blog, we reviewed low-functioning archives that basically serve as a “cold storage” option for data that doesn’t need to accessed frequently (if at all). We traveled to the opposite end of the spectrum in our third blog and explored high-functioning archives that offer lots of bells and whistles—basically one step below an EMR, i.e., “EMR-minus-one.” In this blog, we’ll explore the options that exist in between those two extremes, as well as their possible features and use cases.

The Archive Continuum Part 4: "Everything In-between" Use Cases

The Archive Continuum Part 4: "Everything In-between" Use Cases

In the first blog of this series, we attempted to answer a simple question: “What is an archive?” Well, as it turns out, the answer isn’t all that simple as the definitions, types and use cases of “archive” vary. We introduced the idea of the Archive Continuum and in our second blog, we reviewed low-functioning archives that basically serve as a “cold storage” option for data that doesn’t need to accessed frequently (if at all). We traveled to the opposite end of the spectrum in our third blog and explored high-functioning archives that offer lots of bells and whistles—basically one step below an EMR, i.e., “EMR-minus-one.” In this blog, we’ll explore the options that exist in between those two extremes, as well as their possible features and use cases.

The Archive Continuum Part 2: Cold Storage Use Cases

The Archive Continuum Part 2: Cold Storage Use Cases

The very definition of “archive” varies greatly. So much so, that in the first post in this series, we proposed that archives exist on a continuum depending on the data structure and level of access required. On one end, you’ll find archives with low-to-no functionality. On the other end, more sophisticated active archiving solutions provide considerably more access and much higher functionality.

The Archive Continuum Part 1: What is an Archive?

The Archive Continuum Part 1: What is an Archive?

In the healthcare technology space, ask someone what “archive” means, and depending on who’s using the term and what their intended use case may be, you’ll get a different answer from nearly everyone. The very definition of the word “archive” is fluid – and as a result, exists on a continuum.

Legacy AR Doesn’t Belong in a Legacy System: Save Time and Money with Active Archiving

Legacy AR Doesn’t Belong in a Legacy System: Save Time and Money with Active Archiving

After your organization implements a new patient accounting system, your staff still have to work down the AR from your legacy system. If you must continue to operate (and pay for) the legacy system you’ve just replaced to do so, you’re taking a significant hit to the return on your new investment. It’s a recurring hit, too, as it can take years to zero out your books. And, by keeping legacy applications that have outlived vendor support, you’re increasing your organization’s exposure to risk.

Data Conversion, Data Migration and Archiving: A Holistic Data Management Plan Involves Them All!

Data Conversion, Data Migration and Archiving:  A Holistic Data Management Plan Involves Them All!

The terms data conversion and data migration are often used interchangeably. And, while this is incorrect, there are plenty of blogs and articles out there explaining the difference between converting data (changing it from one format to another) and migrating data (permanently moving data from one location to another) that will set you straight.

Rather than add to the conversation about their definitions, we’re going to talk about why it’s not enough to talk about data conversion or data migration without also considering data archiving.

Data Stewardship: Harnessing the Power of Your Data

Data Stewardship: Harnessing the Power of Your Data

Everyday there are 2.5 quintillion (yes, that number has 17 zeros in it!) bytes of data created. More than 90% of all the data that exists in the world was created in the last two years. And the pace of data creation only continues to accelerate. As good data stewards, we must take ownership of the data we create to harness it to solve problems and make systems more efficient.

Data Stewardship: 3 Things to Consider BEFORE Your Next EMR Implementation

Data Stewardship: 3 Things to Consider BEFORE Your Next EMR Implementation

It starts simply enough: Your organization meticulously matches platform capabilities to your organization’s needs and decides on a new EMR. You set the project schedule, took the system live and even optimized it to maximize user efficiency. Everything is perfect…okay, as perfect as any large system implementation can go…But, then, it happens. You remember that throughout all the planning, capability matching and optimizing, you forgot to think about your legacy data.