The reality of being in a best-of-breed environment is that “there’s a lot of spaghetti connecting systems together,” says CIO Eric Raffin, who talks about how his team is working toward a solution.
For CIOs, the horrific events in Texas should serve as a call to action to revisit your HIE and make sure your organization is prepared to access and share data in an emergency, says Sue Schade.
The number of HIEs may be decreasing, but these organizations are going in strength, says Chuck Christian, who believes “we’re just starting to scratch the surface of what the capabilities may be.”
If we want to improve interoperability, we need to find ways to wade through data lakes and present clinicians with the information they need, when and how they need it, says Chuck Christian.
When it comes to facilitating data exchange, it’s not a matter of choosing between HIEs and models like Commonwell, says Chuck Christian, who believes “there are different needs for different use cases.”