3 Ways to Achieve ‘Backward Compatibility’ without Draining Health IT Resources


Backward compatibility—making a new system compatible with an existing operating system—rarely enters C-suite conversations in healthcare, but it should.

That’s because even as healthcare executives expect to make deeper investments in system integration this year, achieving integration becomes faster and far less expensive when leaders explore solutions that help systems talk with each other. This eliminates the pressure on healthcare IT teams that comes with introducing another new system and rolling it out to staff. It also makes the best use of the infrastructure a health system already has, reducing administrative demands for clinicians and staff.

Why Backward Compatibility Is Key

Today, the constant forward movement toward putting new healthcare technologies into play doesn’t take into account an organization’s technical aptitude for integrating these technologies. It also increases the pace of change for healthcare teams—including health IT—at a time when an organization’s workforce is stretched to the brink of burnout.

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