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Architecting your experience at the hospital

Nadhan on ‎06-05-2013 11:05 AM

Have you been admitted to a hospital lately? I hope not, because I wish you good health. However, if you have been there, note that your experience is underscored by the complex machinery of the healthcare industry at work. This industry is riddled with the challenges of uncontrolled medical costs, legislative pressures, increased plan participation, and improved longevity of individuals. These challenges are not that different from those faced when defining a comprehensive enterprise architecture.



Enterprise Architecture is a discipline, methodology, and practice for translating business vision and strategy into the fundamental structures and dynamics of an enterprise at various levels of abstraction. As defined by TOGAF, The Open Group Architecture Framework, enterprise architecture needs to be developed through multiple phases. These include Business Architecture, Applications, Information, and Technology Architecture. All this must be in alignment with the overall vision. The TOGAF Architecture Development Method enables a systematic approach to addressing these challenges while simplifying the problem domain.


If this approach works for the complexities of enterprise architecture, could it be applied to address the complexities faced within the healthcare industry? I would think so. So I’m not surprised that The Open Group is sponsoring the Population Health Working Group, which has a vision to enable “boundary-less information flow” between the stakeholders that participate in healthcare delivery. Checkout the presentation delivered by Larry Schmidt, Chief Technologist, Health and Life Sciences Industries, HP, US at the Open Group conference in Philadelphia.


As a Platinum member of The Open Group, HP has co-chaired the release of multiple standards, including the first technical cloud standard. The Open Group is also leading the definition of the Cloud Governance Framework. Having co-chaired these projects, I look forward to the launch of the Population Health Working Group with great interest.


Forrester Analyst Brian Hopkins’s thoughts triggered my post on Enterprise Architects being best positioned for innovation, because of the exposure they get to critical points of intersection. The Open Group — with its multifaceted representation from a wide array of enterprises — provides incredible opportunities for innovation in the context of the complex landscape of the healthcare industry. Take a look at the steps taken by HP Labs to innovate and improve patient care one day at a time.


I would strongly encourage you to attend Schmidt’s session, as well as the Healthcare Transformation Panel moderated by Open Group CEO, Allen Brown at this conference.


How about you? What are some of the challenges that you are facing within the Healthcare industry today? Have you applied Enterprise Architecture development methods to problem domains in other industries? Please let me know.


Given the role of information in today’s landscape, “boundary-less information flow” between the stakeholders that participate in healthcare delivery is vital. Thanks to the formation of this working group, one might even look forward to a healthy patient experience at the hospital in the future – but that would be another post for another day.


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on ‎06-06-2013 07:09 PM

Great to see my post stirred up debate. Afraid you missed the whole point though. It's not that EA shouldn't innovate - they should. They play a criticriel else. My point was that EAs shouldn't lead or be soley responsible infotech innovation. Many firms tend to take this position and its a poor strategy. Make EA snug piece if your innovation strategy, but depend on them to be the driver. Cheers.

on ‎06-06-2013 08:51 PM

Thank you very much, Brian, for reading and weighing in with your thoughts.


I see where you are coming from. I do agree that Innovation should be part of the enterprise blood stream. Which, in turn, supports your point that EAs should not be the ones who are solely responsible for innovation in information technology. Like the way you characterized it "Make EA snug piece of your innvoation strategy but depend on them to be the driver".


Really appreciate your clarifying comments.  


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