At an early age of 23, Seth Hobgood was diagnosed with a heart condition. Every time he visited a healthcare provider thereafter, he sensed confusion amongst the providers regarding the treatment regimen to be followed. It was in the midst of this confusion he realized the importance of healthcare data integration, and the impact it could cast on the quality of patient care delivered. Years later, Hobgood, now CTO of the Healthcare Integrations firm Interoptex, is striving to overcome the challenges surrounding integration of medical data.
“We’re trying to make an impact on the quality of patient care.”
The primary challenge he notes is the cost constraint related to integrating health data from disparate systems. This cost could turn into six figures given the hefty consultation fee associated with most of the available solutions.
“We aim to provide growing healthcare software companies and healthcare providers the opportunity to integrate their data in a way that is not cost prohibitive.”
While Hobgood’s real-life experience speaks for the value healthcare data integration holds, it’s not restricted to that. Today, companies need to aggregate and consolidate their data stored across disparate databases into centralized systems. By doing that, they gain a better perspective on the scope of care they provide. This shift from traditional systems such as Electronic Health Records and other clinical ancillary systems is a market need and the growing trend as well.
We aim to provide healthcare providers the opportunity to integrate their data in a way that is not cost prohibitive
At this juncture, Interoptex contrasts itself in the market as a cutting-edge, plug-and-play integration solution that allows companies to integrate their healthcare data and grow their costs along with their revenue.
While current initiatives such as FHIR and CommonWell make the exchange of healthcare data more streamlined, resource constraints and lack of incentive act as major impediments in the adoption of these measures. Adding to the challenge is HIPAA. Even with HIPAA dictating the mandate to protect patient information, it fails to define the controls that should be followed. “In this regard, Interoptex not only embraces the challenges of converting legacy formats to newer formats, but also has a defined, standardized controls-set applied to its technology. This ensures that all of our systems are HIPAA compliant and our customers’ data is well-protected,” says Hobgood.
The firm delivers on its promises by leveraging the scalability of cloud into its product, iPaaS (integration Platform-as-a-Service). The platform allows customers to undertake data integration without having to worry about any of the underlying factors that often serve as the inhibitors for the entire process. The platform employs a flexible engine that takes care of everything from inheriting, validating, standardizing, and translating incoming data to any format the client deems appropriate. Interoptex offers round-the-clock monitoring of different interfaces, freeing up customers to focus on their business objectives.
Illustrating his firm’s vast capabilities, Hobgood iterates the case of a healthcare software company that wanted to merge its data with a variety of different Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) to enhance the potency of its operations. Interoptex developed a customized solution for the client which translated and delivered the data into the format preferred by the respective EMR bypassing the client’s IT staff.
With its footprint already spanning across the U.S., Interoptex intends to take its capabilities global in the near future. And, for this global launch, the firm at present is engineering a network that would incentivize both providers and patients to participate in data exchange, translating into improved patient care.