When a building gets old, the pipes may spring a leak , the foundation may crack, and you may lose a shingle or two off the roof. Like a building constructed upon a shaky foundation, the healthcare industry has its share of EHR systems sitting on an aging network. Efficiency, quality of care, and security suffer while an investment worth hundreds of millions of dollars fails to realize its most basic potential.
The Infrastructure Adoption Model
INFRAM Puts the Pinpoint on Plumbing
HIMSS Analytics® developed the INFRAM maturity model as a follow-up to its industry-leading EMRAM certification process (EMRAM creates standards for EHR adoption). With the INFRAM, Health Systems get a measure of infrastructure stability and manageability in the areas of:
- Data Center
The INFRAM gives a health system an infrastructure architecture score (0-7), laying out a roadmap for increasing maturity and ensuring future state technical implementation.
The later stages guide organizations toward optimized information integration, contextualization and orchestration essential for the delivery of higher order local and virtualized care processes.
The INFRAM begins with health systems taking a self-directed 160 question survey outlining current infrastructure capabilities. HIMSS Analytics then determines a score and produces a Baseline Achievement Report that measures progress against the five focus areas. With score in hand, organizations can also get a Gap Assessment and then work with VertitechIT Certified Consultants to understand and outline next steps to improve their INFRAM standing.
An INFRAM score doesn’t provide a path to success but measures current state and offers generalized improvement suggestions. To initiate a true transformation plan, you must correlate INFRAM results to clinical goals.