Healthcare Has Become Everyone’s Business, and That’s a Good Thing

OnPoint xChange - Healthcare has become everyone’s business, and that’s a good thing



  Why are you passionate about Health IT?


Khalil Zebdi:I started my career as a Chemist and then specialized as a Clinical Chemist working with the shock and trauma center at a Maryland Hospital, as well as laboratories such as LabCorp. My job was to use laboratory testing data to analyze, diagnose, monitor, and compile reports of clinical infection data lab results in the Immunology department. The healthcare information systems deepened my interest to grow in the field of IT and I saw an opportunity to contribute to the improvement and transformation of healthcare overall.


  How’s ASSYST Health IT Practice evolving?


Khalil Zebdi:In the '90s, ASSYST focused on opportunities to help customers who were in the business of managing information and data. We began building our HealthIT practice, by supporting local, county, and state health and human services in the US National Capital Region, supporting enterprise-level initiatives for electronic health records (EHRs), Medicaid Management Information, and Case Management Systems.


ASSYST developed specific expertise of Healthcare initiatives at the State level, including Medicaid Program administration support. Since 2000, as the pace of modernization increased, ASSYST expanded to cover top HHS agencies' Federal Health initiatives, including NIH, CMS, FDA, and HRSA. Today our solutions and services support the evolving ecosystem of the integrated, standards-driven, and inter-operability of electronic health data.


My team focuses not only on modernization and enhancement of critical enterprise health care systems but also on the adoption of Cybersecurity within Healthcare systems. The protection of data and critical infrastructure has been well received by our customers. They see us as a HealthIT partner, not just from a technology service delivery perspective, but also as enablers of capabilities to adopt new technologies, new tools, and processes, and support advanced medical research and partner-led innovations securely.


  How are you preparing for the emerging Healthcare challenges?


Khalil Zebdi: Great question. These are challenging times. Healthcare and HealthIT have become almost everyone’s business in the right way as we prepare to navigate beyond COVID-19. With multiple vaccines soon to be available, I feel HealthIT’s evolution from here will be significantly different.


We are managing cloud architected and data powered solutions for Federal Healthcare and pharmaceutical regulatory agencies driving the digital transformation of electronic regulatory submission systems. Our teams are supporting Healthcare agencies for their financial and electronic grant management systems. We support their healthcare systems that are used extensively by health care practitioners and providers to embrace Agile methodology, Test Engineering, and DevSecOps in their IT and business operations. Our HealthIT Digital Services help local governments use contemporary design practices and Human Centered Design experiences in their healthcare initiatives.


Standards such as Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) are becoming the core of every HealthIT initiative. And that has been accelerated by the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access final rule and associated milestones. ASSYST developed Hephaestus FHIR® solution to support health care data exchange electronically and promote interoperability through API requirements, leveraging Process Automation, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning capabilities.


We realize data will be the center of every Healthcare business decision across the spectrum including providers, patients, and payers. With standardized Health data exchange becoming more efficient, I think solutions that promote collaboration, transparency, and information sharing will increase patient safety and quality, and improve healthcare outcomes.


Khalil Zebdi, EVP - Business Development and Health IT | LinkedIn


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