Fifteen years ago, only 8 percent of health care facilities were using electronic health records (EHR). Today, that number has ballooned to more than 95 percent, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. But what happens to the old data that resides in an older legacy computer system?
The answer, Triyam founder and CEO Sudhakar Mohanraj discovered, was frequently nothing.
DIGITAL HEALTH CARE DATA PIONEERS
While working on a health care IT project, Mohanraj says he “came across a customer in North Dakota that had moved out of legacy systems into new software, but they still had the legacy server sitting there so they could retain the data.”
The Triyam founder immediately recognized the business opportunity that customer situation represented, as well as the wide-open market, which he estimates is now valued around $1 billion.
With the increase of EHRs, a new market segment of health care data archiving has emerged within the last five years, says Mohanraj. Triyam’s product allows facilities to remove data from old servers and reformat it so the data can be uploaded to an archive. In this way, facilities are then able to decommission older legacy systems.
ARCHIVING HISTORICAL PATIENT DATA
The reason many health care facilities simply push old data to the side is that the process to export, reformat, and convert it for use in a new system is complex. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements mandate that old data be retained, so many facilities often end up storing it on old, inactive systems.
There are challenges with that decision, however, Mohanraj explains. One is the expense. The annual licensing fee to maintain a legacy system can be costly, as is maintaining operating systems for on-premises computer systems containing legacy data. Another is the security risk. The older the system gets, the more vulnerable it is to a security breach, he says.
Leaving data behind on an old system also makes it virtually impossible to use, Mohanraj says. “People want to query the data and find out, for example, what the business was like five years ago, so they can predict the future,” says Mohanraj. So Triyam is building tools to search the data, analyze it, and use it for business intelligence by powering it with artificial intelligence, he says.
Triyam is poised for continued growth. The company estimates that its product typically costs less than 25 percent of a legacy system. And in 2021, KLAS Research designated Triyam Best in KLAS for data archiving.