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.
My first trip to the FHIR Connectathon in Orlando, Florida, last month was everything I'd been told to expect. It was filled with HL7®, masterminds, brilliant developers, exceptional healthcare speakers, and a slew of erudite Connectathon participants. While my primary objective was to test-drive FHIR, I'd like to share three unexpected and exciting discoveries that made my Connectathon experience unique.
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.
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.
While much of the healthcare industry agrees that improving patient outcomes and managing cost are objectives of healthcare reform, the "how" remains the challenge for many.