Hospital as Software Service Providers

April 3, 2010

In an article on HealthLeaders, how health systems can provide an EMR via Software as a Service (SaaS) is presented. Five requirements are noted:

  • Make HIT a priority
  • Be up-front about the risks
  • Establish a dedicated team focused on outreach
  • Decide what services you are truly capable of providing with this model
  • Offer advice on infrastructure
  • Cleveland Clinic is noted as an example. Dr. C. Martin Harris says, “”Success to me is that we are not just installing technology in an office to replace paper, but we are putting in technology that enables interoperability,”

    Of course, Cleveland Clinic provides other software to help hospitals and providers:

    • explorys to utilize EMRs for research and discovery
    • Intellis - business intelligence
    • A PHR which connects to Google Health
    • Home Monitoring which utilizes Microsoft HealthVault to connect with the PHR and EMR
    • Risk calculators for Prostate Cancer and heart surgery

    What are other hospitals doing? How about an award program for the hospital or health system which produces the most useful software?

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    2 Responses to “Hospital as Software Service Providers”

    1. Ray Hutchins says:

      SaaS within the realm of HIT is only going to get bigger and I think small companies comprised of innovative, independent thinkers will play a big role in revamping and improving heathcare.

      As an example, I am aware of a company that has made a significant break-thru with respect to ontological engineering and disease control that is worth note.

      It’s a small privately held SaaS development company based in Colorado has developed and deployed an ontologically-based, GIS integrated disease management decision support system in Africa to fight malaria. This is a significant system that was funded by the global combatants of this disease and the system can be rapidly customized for deployment to other disease environments…especially if you are talking about vector-borne disease.

      The company, TerraFrame TerraFrame is interested in leveraging its technology to fight global diseases and is happy to entertain creative conversations to that effect.

      For more information please contact Ray Hutchins at

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