Service Oriented Architecture benefits healthcare systems{1}

by Tati G
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is one of the ways to innovate a company. It is defined as a business driven IT architectural approach that supports integrating a business as linked, repeatable tasks or services. (Baltzan) SOA helps collect data basis so they all can come together into one source. The article I chose is titled “Open Source SOA Connect at Heart of Government Health Care”. The article is talking about trying to modernize health care by switching to a SOA approach. Health organizations determined to modernize will benefit from better sharing of data, but healthcare data needs to be handled in ways that ensure patient privacy. SOA efforts can help make these results. (Kriz)

One top improvement health care needs is being able to have information available where and when it’s needed and to those who are authorized for viewing. Actions for this process have already been made by the ONC (Office of the National Coordinator) for IT to establish governance standards and by Mid November final recommendations will be sent to the Health IT policy committee. This new governance is using a SOA approach with the companies within the Nationwide Health Information Network and other federal partners using SOA to help support data exchange. (Kriz)

The way of mass communication that they are using is SOA software called CONNECT. It is and open source that helps to promote the interoperations of companies in the healthcare system and also enables secure data exchange among health care providers and agencies.

This article relates to 5.2 because it speaks of using SOA operations and how it can better the entire health care system. As stated in the book, “SOA helps today’s businesses innovate by ensuring that IT systems can adapt quickly, easily, and economically to support rapidly changing business needs”, and I feel this is exactly what the article is doing.

What I liked about this article is that it is trying to improve a factor that affects everybody. If health care isn’t a problem to you now, it someday will be and the more it gets fixed before it becomes problematic to you the better. If SOA can continue to help health care become better, than it can really help out any company.


Baltzan, P. (2011). Information Systems. (pp. 182 ). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill

Kriz, Kathleen. (2010, September 28). Open Source SOA Connect at Heart of Government Health Care.

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