Ann Fishman, with EHR TV, interviews Liza Sisler & Azam Zaidi of Perficient.
Steve: Ann I want to introduce you this time to Liza Sisler and Azam Zaidi who are from another development partner of Microsoft, called Perficient, and what we are going to talk about in this particular venue is again leveraging the Microsoft platform in an accountable care scenario. Obviously your viewers are going to know why accountable care is important and how that is changing the reimbursement structure but what the flexibility in a Microsoft platform can lend to that and what the value is. So Liza if you want to talk about why Perficient picked SharePoint to build this solution on and what it is doing for our customers.
Liza Sisler: OK great, thank you so much Steve. So one of the reasons that we picked SharePoint is because it’s common technology, it’s ubiquities. Everybody owns it. SharePoint is adding twenty thousand users a day, globally, so there is a lot of talent available when you are actually looking for developers to support your initiative and if you look around here today at the HIMSS 12 conference you will find that one of the big challenges that people have in the health care space is resources. You can’t find enough resources to support your solutions. And the SharePoint platform that we found it’s scalable. It’s a platform that you can build on and it’s something again where you can find a lot of resources to actually support the platform. And with different dashboarding capabilities, leveraging SharePoint and SQL Server we found that there were a lot of different capabilities available to support the kind of dashboard solutions that we wanted to deliver.
Steve: Great, Thanks.
Ann Fishman: Can you tell me a little bit about how specifically your program helps Physicians?
Azam Zaidi: Yea sure. So, our solution, which we have developed on Microsoft platforms, helps the physicians because it is a collaborative solution all together. SharePoint allows individuals to work in a collaborative manner. Our solution also focuses on dashboards and BI’s and analytics which is a very important element these days especially with the government requirement in terms of Meaningful Use. So our solution specifically targets a use case scenario which is being a driver in this conference in terms of what the physicians and what the practices out there, especially the large scale hospitals are trying to do from the Meaningful Use perspective. So we have leveraged the Meaningful Use as a stepping stone to achieving a larger objective which is to how we can run our hospitals and administrations’ in a much more meaningful way. And our solution provides sort of an entry block into what the physicians and what the CMO's of the organization, the Chief Nursing Officers and the Hospital administrators would like to achieve at leveraging this platform. So it gets them to a point which they are trying to get to for Meaningful Use and beyond that what we are giving them the collaborative features of SharePoint where you want to have a scenario where a CMO or Chief Nursing Officer would want to take a certain use case and leverage that for their collaboration later on. So you can create ad hoc collaboration leveraging dashboards and leveraging the components which are built into SharePoint such as work rules. Such as document management. Such as tasks. All of those all together comes in really, really amazing in the Microsoft SharePoint platform which in my opinion is not available in most of the other solutions out there.
Ann Fishman: You are using the word collaboration a lot so is that one of the themes, you think in health IT right now?
Azam Zaidi: That is the theme because the typical hospital scenarios. The doctors and the hospital administrative staff are very use to collaborating in a face to face manner and now with the technology being implemented inside a hospital organization. That change is happening from face to face collaboration to more offline types of collaboration where users are gathering and they’re coming together to a common initiative to change something inside a hospital and that type of collaboration is very, very important in terms of the SharePoint platform.
Ann Fishman: Thank you so much. This is Ann Fishman at HMISS 2012 in the Microsoft booth. Thank you so much.