The current state of interoperability is not unlike Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." In the history of clinical medicine, we have more interoperability than ever before — more electronic data is flowing in more places for more purposes. Yet, there's also more frustration about the state of interoperability leading to more attention across our industry and our country than ever before.
As a nation, we have made great strides in the deployment and use of health information technology. With the transition to value based care delivery models, we must ensure that technology is interoperable to enable better care delivery, better health, and greater efficiency of care delivery.
RelayHealth President Jeff Felton recently spoke with Chain Drug Review about the importance of community pharmacies in the healthcare continuum. In the article, Felton explains that pharmacy operators are exploring ways to play a more integral part in the healthcare ecosystem by meaningfully connecting with physicians, labs and hospital systems.
It’s official - The CommonWell Health Alliance, announced on March 4th at HIMSS13, is planned to be an independent not-for-profit organization that will support universal, trusted access to health care data through seamless interoperability. The organization is touted by many HIMSS13 attendees as a major step forward in improving healthcare interoperability.