Retire Your Legacy Applications

Retire your obsolete or legacy healthcare applications while at the same time retaining access to the data they contain- saving time, money and resources.

Even a modest sized healthcare provider is running hundreds of individual applications. Many are critical to the organization’s operation but, increasingly, a significant volume of these applications are operationally redundant. Many have already been replaced; and others sit outside of the organization’s protection strategy, putting the data they do have at risk. All these applications continue to run only because of the data they contain – data that may be required in for patient diagnosis and treatment; data that is needed for compliance obligations. This data is very difficult to access and incurs significant costs in operating and maintaining the attendant applications. Mergers and acquisitions further compound the problem as they bring duplicate systems and a further requirement to merge data and retire applications. Healthcare providers need to consolidate their application estate and yet retain the data in an accessible, usable format.

Challenge 1
“I am still running and maintaining old, legacy systems because they contain data I might need one day”

In clinical departments, the world over, there are systems that have been running for years, no longer in operational use, with few people who know much about them and costing time and money to maintain and support. All because the system in question is home to vital patient data. Data that may never be deleted; data that provides some historic or reference information required for the treatment of a patient; or data that needs to be kept to fulfil compliance obligations. These applications often sit apart, unconnected to other systems. How can you harness this data, retire the application and save the costs associated with running the system?

The Answer

BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ provides a central repository to house, manage and share data regardless of its original source. As the data is migrated into the archive it is fully indexed for easy e-Discovery and retrieval by a viewer, portal or the Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Because the legacy data lives in the archive, in a standards-based format, in most cases you will no longer have need for the source application to access it. Proprietary data formats may require that a copy of the original application be available but, nonetheless, with the data in HealthStore, you have the peace of mind to know that your data is safeguarded and always available.

Learn how to consolidate data from legacy applications and storage media with BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ →

Challenge 2
“I am paying an extortionate amount of money to keep my dormant applications running”

Healthcare organizations all over the world tell us that the cost of running their dormant, legacy applications is a cost they could do without. In some cases, they can cripple a healthcare organization’s IT budget. And it’s not just the licensing fees, support and maintenance contracts, which are significant. It’s also the operating costs, resourcing and maintaining application skillsets – all of which have a burden (especially when there are always other more important priorities). So, why do we need to keep these applications running when they are rarely used and carry such a heavy price tag?

The Answer

The quick answer is you don’t. BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ Independent Clinical Archive (ICA) enables healthcare organizations to migrate their legacy data, transforming it to comply with standards as it is written into a secure repository, where it is stored efficiently, protected from loss or misuse and made available for sharing. Once the data is moved into HealthStore, you can effectively retire your legacy applications, saving time, resource and money. HealthStore can even ingest and manage proprietary data formats; this requires an application that supports the proprietary format for read, but still allows the main application and its database to be retired.

Find out how to save money by retiring legacy applications and storage media without losing important patient data with BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ →

Challenge 3
“After the latest acquisition, we are now running two PACS, two RIS, two EPRs, etc. - there must be a better way”

There is strong evidence indicating that healthcare providers are consolidating; mergers and acquisitions occur with increasing regularity. This leaves healthcare organizations with a choice: continue to run duplicate applications or try and facilitate consolidation across systems. The former is inefficient, costly and resource intensive. The latter, though clearly a better option, can be intimidating as it is notoriously difficult to pull the data out of one system and place it into a format that can be read by another. Integration could be an answer, but who wants to spend their time developing and maintaining interfaces between systems? So, is there a better way?

The Answer

BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ Independent Clinical Archive (ICA) separates the data from the application that created it and the storage on which it resides. And, because HealthStore™ fully adheres to open, healthcare data standards, organizations can centrally store, protect and share all of their patient and administrative information. So, where a healthcare provider has duplicate applications, BridgeHead’s HealthStore can ingest data from both systems, transforming it into the appropriate open data standard format as required. As the content is written to the archive, it is fully indexed, which allows it to be easily searched and retrieved by any authorized application (provided it supports the appropriate standard). As the data has essentially been taken out of the direct ownership of the application, and now housed in a central repository, the healthcare provider has choice and flexibility over the systems it wants to keep and those it would like to retire.

Learn how to rationalize healthcare applications and data with BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ →

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