Unlocking the cloud’s promise in healthcare with AWS
How Redox helps minimize healthcare data integration risks and unlock innovation in Amazon Web Services
With nearly limitless scale, and the capacity to speed development, public clouds like Amazon Web Services (AWS) offer more than just inexpensive solutions for data storage. Cloud services providers position healthcare organizations to unlock desperately needed innovation to keep pace in a rapidly evolving landscape. AWS enables longitudinal data mining and omnichannel engagement through a suite of tools like Amazon Sagemaker (machine learning), Amazon Quicksight (business intelligence), AWS Amplify (app builder), Amazon Lex (chatbot), Amazon Pinpoint (marketing and communications), and many more. The combination of these services with the right data can help healthcare organizations to compose more personalized patient/clinician experiences, improve outcomes, develop new care products, and enable more targeted marketing.
McKinsey estimates that healthcare systems are positioned to capture as much as $140 billion in value from cloud-enabled innovation in 2030.
With this incredible potential, the decision to head into the cloud is not a difficult one, but many healthcare organizations may not be ready to move their entire technology stack into the cloud. According to recent research, 60% of healthcare IT executives say their organization is taking a hybrid approach to cloud operations — part cloud, part on-premise. Seamless interoperability and integration management will be critical to this hybrid approach.
The problem: The complexity of cloud implementation
While the decision to move into the cloud is easy, the process of actually moving is not. Inefficiencies in migration strategies can lead to delays and additional costs, the result is that many organizations leak potential value before they even get into the cloud. Data from McKinsey show that migration inefficiencies cost the average company 14% more than budgeted and more than a third of companies experience delays longer than a quarter.
In healthcare, there may be even deeper complexities as organizations are seeking to extract value from the cloud without disrupting patient care and the day-to-day operations of electronic health records (EHRs), and other legacy systems. Most organizations aren’t migrating clinical data from their EHR to the cloud, so much as replicating it to enable the longitudinal data mining and omnichannel engagement capabilities that can fuel innovation. As a result, there are three main hurdles providers are likely to encounter in planning and implementing a move to the cloud:
- Dealing with data in transit: Providers will need a strategy for backloading historical data as well as a strategy to replicate the synchronous data they will continue to generate daily. For many healthcare organizations, the volume of data for backloading is immense. Getting strategies right the first time is crucial to keeping projects on time and on budget.
- Data translation and normalization: Most healthcare organizations typically have more than just EHR systems to consider — they are also likely to have revenue cycle and other enterprise systems where data needs to be extracted, normalized, and harmonized with clinical data from the EHR, and replicated in the cloud. All these systems are likely to use different legacy data protocols (e.g., HL7®v2, C-CDA, X12, etc.) that are not immediately ingestible into the cloud. In most cases, the legacy protocols need to be translated into the more modern HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) protocol which requires in-depth healthcare data knowledge and experience. While many EHRs now offer FHIR support, they do not offer the real-time, on-demand, bi-directional capabilities required to truly unlock innovation, so organizations must look for another solution elsewhere.
FHIR support via EHR Redox FHIR API Real-time monitoring of patient clinical journey
(e.g. patient admission, registration, transfer and discharge)
On-demand patient data
(e.g. patient scheduling)
Variable support outside of USCDI resources
(e.g. write lab results to electronic health record)
Limited support, variable by EHR
FHIR support via EHRs cannot support real-time, on-demand, bi-directional interoperability
- Delivering data back to the point of care: Getting data into the cloud is just one part of the equation. To extract full value, a strategy for getting information and insights from the cloud is needed. The information and insights should be presented to clinicians and/or patients in a way that is contextually useful, either via the legacy systems or newly developed applications. Bi-directional interoperability between legacy systems, in-house applications, and the cloud is crucial to achieve this. For example, a health system IT team might create an AI/ML model with AWS services to identify patients at risk for diabetes. Once the cohort of patients has been generated, the IT team will need a mechanism to alert clinicians in the EHR when their patients are a part of the cohort. Finding the right time to intervene, in the right clinician workflow is something that Redox has deep experience in across EHRs.
The solution: Redox Nova
Redox Nova for AWS helps healthcare organizations overcome the key hurdles outlined above by getting data flowing from EHRs and legacy systems to Amazon S3 or Amazon HealthLake quickly while also minimizing the risk of implementation delays and cost overruns.
Redox is an infinitely scalable integration platform that is hosted on AWS and is HIPAA-compliant, HITRUST & SOC 2 certified. Redox Nova will receive, queue, parse, normalize and filter data from EHRs and other systems regardless of protocol (e.g. HL7v2, X12, C-CDA, etc.), and then translate to JSON or FHIR to route data into AWS. Data can be exchanged bi-directionally, in real-time when clinically relevant events occur.
Redox to AWS architecture
When an IT Team chooses Redox for its EHR to AWS cloud migration, they will follow an implementation process that has been hardened over the course of more than 5,000 integrations.
Our team of experts works with the IT team to develop an integration strategy that identifies what data types (e.g. patient administration, clinical summary, financial, etc.) need to be replicated from the EHR and other source systems into AWS, how much data needs to be backloaded (if any), and how the ongoing real-time flow of synchronous data will be enabled.
Redox and Amazon S3 integration strategy
Redox will establish connectivity using any existing endpoints, which can substantially reduce the effort of the provider IT teams. And, because Redox is already live in over 4,500 provider organizations, chances are we already have connectivity established, further accelerating the integration process.
Healthcare organizations connected with Redox
Redox Nova was built on the backbone of our configuration library which contains thousands of configurations across 85 different EHR systems that we have compiled over the course of nearly a decade. This library dramatically accelerates the process of mapping and configuring data from the EHR to AWS (and back again). Our customers have told us that their consulting partners have quoted timelines of 9 months or more to complete just this process — we do it in just weeks.
Redox Nova integration configuration timeline
Testing and training
Redox’s team works with IT teams to develop and execute a robust testing and training strategy, ensuring security and mitigating risk. This includes identifying testing scenarios, completing functional testing, end-to-end testing, and communicating setup and workflows to IT end users.
Go-Live and ongoing monitoring
Redox will monitor and provide support before, during, and after go-live. We provide 24-7 monitoring of the health of the connection using an alert system designed to identify connectivity or message delivery issues. We are the first point of contact when there is an issue and will get problems resolved with minimal disruption, leaning on our experience of maintaining integrations across thousands of healthcare organizations.
The result: minimized implementation risks, maximized value
By pairing Redox Nova with AWS, our customers are minimizing risk and speeding time to value. They are establishing innovation hubs that help them differentiate from competitors — using Redox-enabled data and AWS tools to compose workflows, products, and experiences that were previously unimaginable and have the potential to transform the patient experience.
AWS can dramatically increase the pace of innovation and unlock the true potential of patient data, but you must get the data there first. Redox Nova for AWS will get it there, liberating the true value of your cloud investments and reducing the risks of unexpected cost and/or delay.