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Case Study - Too Far ahead of the IT Curve

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Case Study - Too Far ahead of the IT Curve

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Executive Summary
Peachtree’s mission is to ensure a quality, consistent and continuity of care across the entire network of care facilities but to deliver all of this at the highest levels of efficiency, economy, and respect for patients and staff. In order to be competitive in the health industry, Peachtree has obtained a number of varying health institutes via mergers. This leads to PH’s major IT infrastructure problems - the information systems of each acquired institutions are incompatible and disconnected with each other. The current system faces the issues of inefficiencies of the company processes and procedures, and the meantime, the instability increases and maintenance cost is high. CEO of PH Max Berndt is trying to find the right solution. He has an option to go with monolithic system that will provide consistency across PH’s facilities but may not give doctors enough flexibility or he can choose service-oriented architecture (SOA), a modular design that will allow PH to standardize incrementally and selectively but poses certain risks as a newer technology. Evaluating pros and cons of both SOA and monolithic system, it is recommended PH to apply SOA because of low costs, easy to use, flexible and low time consuming. Current Situation

Peachtree Healthcare (PH) is a network of eleven large and midsize institutions and has 4,000 employed and affiliated physicians who treated every imaginable injury and disease to one million patients range from new born to nonagenarian with all races, ethnicities, lifestyles and economic conditions; and manifested every imaginable injury and disease. In order to be competitive in the health industry, Peachtree has obtained a number of varying health institutes via mergers. This leads to PH’s major IT infrastructure problems - the information systems of each acquired institutions are incompatible and disconnected with each other. Current Peachtree Healthcare Challenges:

Pressure to standardize...