Healthcare IT News We sat down with Todd Hebich, Executive Vice President of Asia Pacific, Altera Digital Health, to discuss the most pressing industry challenges and how we are addressing them through collaboration, leveraging data, and enabling interoperability. We talked about what we could work on.
We also spoke with him about the evolution of the organization following its recent acquisition by N. Harris Computer Corporation.
Q: Altera Digital Health, formerly known as Allscripts, was acquired about a year ago. Could you please explain what happened?
a: It sure has been an exciting time! Last May, his N. Harris Computer Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Constellation Software Inc (CSI), completed the acquisition of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions’ Hospital and Large Physician Practices business. It now operates as Altera Digital Health, a division of Harris Healthcare.
Harris Healthcare is part of CSI, a publicly traded company with a $57 billion market cap. CSI has achieved his CAGR of 37.4% over the past 17 years, which is an excellent indicator of stock performance. To put it into perspective, we’ve achieved his CAGR better than his Apple, Amazon, Google, etc., and from a public company perspective, we’re performing very well.
Q: Altera is very active in the Asia Pacific region. Could you highlight your company’s presence in this region?
a: Altera has a strong presence in APAC with a strong growth curve over the past decade. In Southeast Asia, we are active in Singapore, the Philippines, and Guam. Our relationship with SingHealth goes back almost 20 years. We are a pioneer in Australia, helping SA Health roll out perhaps Australia’s most ambitious project. The Gippsland region has also provided innovative cloud-based solutions throughout the region. Name two exciting initiatives. Our clients use Sunrise, Altera Opal or other platforms in over 100 hospitals across Australia. We also recently won our first customer in New Zealand.
Q: What is Altera Digital Health’s approach to clients and the industry as a Harris company?
a: Our goal is to create agile, fit-for-purpose technology solutions that our clients can use to drive higher quality care and better patient outcomes.
We are relentlessly focused on the success we achieve by helping our clients succeed. We know this is a long process, one step at a time. This is the nature of our complex industry and what we do.
Mountains are conquered step by step, which is why we have a mountain range in our logo. Our focus is to be better today than yesterday. If you make positive progress every day, you will continue to improve gradually.
Q: How has Harris influenced the way Altera delivers value to its clients?
a: Being part of a much larger and more diverse organization centered around technology allows us to think of technology as an active intervention. For example, you have the opportunity to ask yourself where technology will be in five years.
Just five years ago, no one thought telemedicine, remote health monitoring, or “hospitalization at home” would be as important as it is today, but it is now. So we ask ourselves. What else will happen?
For the time being, it’s all about how we act. Empower clinicians with as much information as possible in the right place at the right time to help them make better decisions. We believe a containerized infrastructure is the right approach for her EMR. Interoperability is paramount when patient outcomes are paramount.
An EMR is like your home’s electrical system. If you want to connect a coffee maker, you can connect a coffee maker. If you want to connect a toaster, connect a toaster. Even if you find a better coffee maker, you don’t have to change your electrical system. Just plug it in.
The same is true for EMR. For example, if a really great company has developed a cutting-edge product specifically for ophthalmologists, why would a clinician want to use an average ophthalmic product? If we want to help provide the best care possible, we need to provide access to the best technology. That’s where technology is headed and where healthcare is headed.
Q: How important is data in today’s healthcare IT industry?
a: Everyone wants access to data that allows them to make better decisions. This is clearly of paramount importance in medicine.
We all know about AI and machine learning, but these are just tools that rely on high-quality data. When it comes to using AI, data matters, and without good data, AI answers are flawed.
So for those of us who understand where healthcare is going, the long-term vision is to enable better data availability, improve access to data, and allow more patients to own data. It is to Closely related to this is that EMRs need to be interoperable so that clinicians can use the best tools to get the best data to make the best decisions. is that there is
Unlike many vendors in this space, we really want to rethink the way things are done. We do not tell our clients about it. You must use all of our products and only our products. Sharing data and helping clinicians deliver the best possible care is critical. If the patient was your mother and she had glaucoma, wouldn’t you want her clinician to have the best eye solution technology available?
Q: What are the typical pain points in the industry? Why are CEOs and CIOs up at night?
a: The challenges facing leadership in public and private hospitals are much the same. The ultimate goal is to provide the highest quality healthcare, but this requires good administration and management. Some of the major challenges relate to capacity management, where hospitals are under increasing pressure to manage patient influx, bed occupancy, and wait times for treatments and surgeries. There is also the challenge of balancing the quality of patient care against the backdrop of shrinking budgets and rising operating costs. From a technology perspective, healthcare leaders are focused on technology integration and interoperability to best serve their patients. Equitable access to health services is also a challenge, especially in a large and diverse country like his APAC region.
Altera develops solutions that directly target identified pain points for practical and effective solutions. It also aims to educate and train clients on the solution while enabling effective implementation and utilization.
Q: If you had a magic wand that you could wave and change one thing in the medical IT field, what would it be?
a: That’s how healthcare IT vendors talk about healthcare IT. I don’t believe in the concept of “digital revolution”.I think evolution And there are differences. The idea is that we want to keep doing a little bit more good for our clients, and a little bit better understanding of where they are going.
Repeat the previous point. This is mountaineering, and that’s why we chose Altera as our corporate name and mountain range logo. This way of thinking We are steadily climbing to new heights of what healthcare technology can and should be. That’s what we’re trying to do. Well, Everest can’t be climbed in a day, can it? it’s a process.
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