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How Can Interoperability Enable Standalone Healthcare Solutions?

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Bobbie Byrd

Every healthcare organization should leverage technology-enabled solutions in order to effectively handle the unique complexities of day-to-day clinical tasks as well as maximize security, promote engagement and optimize efficiencies. Designed to run independently without input from other systems, stand-alone software solutions are beginning to influence both the technology and healthcare industry, since they are able to perform interoperable tasks such as telehealth, data analysis, revenue cycle management (RCM) as well as billing.

What Is A Standalone Solution?

A standalone solution consists of a software platform that's not bundled with other technology and doesn't require anything else to run. Essentially, it can do exactly what it says it can:  "stand by itself and on its own" without input from another computer system or data source. As a result, standalone solutions can run locally on devices and contain the logic they need to perform their functions without having access to the internet or requiring you to synchronize it with other installed systems.

A great example of a standalone solution could be practice management software, which is used by healthcare providers to seamlessly perform day-to-day operations, but that can also utilize different technology to facilitate patient engagement or medical billing processes. 

What Are The Benefits Of Standalone Software?

With the ever-increasing proliferation of ransomware and cyberattacks, standalone solutions offer a solid benefit that rises above the rest: damage control. If malicious software infiltrates a standalone solution, only that resource faces any ill effects, while other critical systems remain protected from harm. Today, standalone solutions dominate the medical practice software market, with enhanced security as only one benefit they offer. Other advantages include:

  • Protected confidentiality of patient medical databases by running offline
  • Improved accountability by facilitating monitored system use
  • Supported integration of electronic health or medical records (EHR/EMR) with practice management 
  • Enhanced productivity through the use of dashboards, reports and interactive screens to streamline patient-related medical data
  • Allows for accountability in generating revenue cycles as well as general efficiency of billing, collection and revenue reporting

Standalone Solutions For Healthcare 

The main reason for the popularity of standalone software solutions is their ability to run offline, thus ensuring the confidentiality of patient information. What is more, standalone solutions are simple to operate, provide quick access to stored data and don't require a lot of maintenance. 

Telehealth and Patient Engagement

Telehealth capability in a standalone system gives you the ability to engage with your patients as well as collaborate with them, other providers, referral sources and even payors. When choosing the standalone solution for your practice, go with a platform that supports secure email messaging, text notifications, clinical questionnaires, patient outcomes and automated engagement campaigns. 

Business Intelligence and Analytics 

Dashboards make for user-friendly experiences regardless of the specific challenges or unique languages of different healthcare specialties. Standalone solutions that include business intelligence and analytics help you conquer multiple tasks through improved operational efficiencies:

  • Front desk intake and performance
  • Descriptive and predictive analytics
  • Financial planning and analysis integration
  • Lead-to-patient reports and conversion trends
  • Revenue cycle and billing insights
  • Provider productivity and scorecards
  • Data on patient outcomes

RCM and Billing

Automated RCM, billing and collections tools focus on one critical task: improving the profitability of your practice. Today's advanced billing solutions include features to optimize workflow efficiencies, stimulate productivity and increase revenues by handling the following tasks:

  • Provider credentialing solutions
  • Multiple client databases 
  • Shared tables and strategic reporting
  • As-needed payment posting and accounts receivable follow-up
  • Real-time communication and interaction via voice, text or email  
  • Personal payment plan management and convenient e-statements/online billing

Standalone Solutions and The COVID Pandemic

People often say necessity is the mother of invention and that adage - so far, has been proven correct for healthcare organizations during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the extended periods of social distancing and mask mandates, healthcare providers have had to scramble to come up with ways to protect the health of their patients while still delivering active care. Technology proved to be the answer, with innovative software developments such as:

  • Digital clinical workspaces that provide simple, secure access to patient records
  • Telemedicine solutions that help compensate for reduced numbers of staff, limited exposure to ill patients and assist in preserving valuable supplies
  • Remote patient monitoring or home-based services such as telepharmacy that rely on internet connectivity and the ready availability of mobile devices

Low-Code Application Platform 

Healthcare practices can extend the power of their standalone systems by choosing a low-code application platform (LCAP). What's LCAP? Simply put, LCAP is a method for customizing technology that eliminates much of the mundane, tedious steps associated with developing, launching, maintaining and updating applications that were built using traditional software frameworks or techniques. With a LCAP, your practice can modify the foundations of your standalone system on your own or with support from developers.

Low-code platforms empower you to configure solutions with the features you need much more quickly than you could achieve through the traditional software development process. As a result, your healthcare practice can fine-tune your standalone software to meet the precise function of your specialty or patient base and continuously evolve to meet any shifts in the industry. 

In today's healthcare environment, practices must maximize efficiency and ensure patient confidentiality while still offering the highest quality care. With standalone, low-code solutions, your practice can get all the robust functionality you need and have the flexibility to configure software to align with your operational requirements or processes. 

Through our unique Software-as-a-Relationship™ approach to healthcare, Raintree can help take your practice to the next level. From patient engagement to practice management, we offer a variety of standalone solutions and are the premiere low code, no code application for the  healthcare industry. Contact us today for more information.


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