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HIMMS announces launch of new health infrastructure adoption model

Global advisor HIMMS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) has announced the launch of its new Infrastructure Adoption Model (INFRAM), with a focus on cybersecurity, adoption, sustainability, performance, and outcomes. The model is designed to help health leaders to optimise their health system’s technical infrastructure, by creating an assessment report that “highlights critical gaps and potential risks in a facility’s infrastructure architecture”, and “provides a toolkit and roadmap for future improvements”.

INFRAM’s value propositions as published on its webpage, include enabling the measurement of infrastructure against industry standards, making change management easier, providing support on technology investments for busy clinicians, helping clinicians develop a data security strategy, and developing AI threat monitoring.

The INFRAM roadmap covers eight stages of maturity, from “0” or “no formal security policies”, all the way through to “7” or “outcome driven technology investments”. It incorporates a range of maturity measures, including security policy foundations, risk assessments and asset management, wide area networks, mobile integration, and advanced analytics and cybersecurity.

Toni Laracuente, HIMSS global head of analytics, is quoted as saying: “The new focus domains and improved INFRAM guidelines allow healthcare provider organizations to improve care delivery, reduce cyber and infrastructure risk, and create a pathway for infrastructure development tied to business and clinical outcomes. Utilizing INFRAM will help healthcare systems reduce costs, mitigate risk, and improve outcomes for patients and clinicians alike.”  

To learn more about INFRAM, please click here.

In related news, the World Bank has published a report titled ‘Digital-in-Health: Unlocking the Value for Everyone’, which looks at the progress and promise of digital technologies in health around the world, including country readiness measured through maturity metrics from the Global Digital Health Monitor (GDHM), and presents eleven determinants of digital-in-health success.