By digitizing healthcare, the industry unwittingly created data gatekeepers, says Bill Russell. But in light of CMS’ proposed changes to Meaningful Use, they could finally be relieved of their duties.
How exactly is ONC looking to address interoperability – while keeping data secure? By creating a framework based on input from stakeholders across the industry, says Kathryn Marchesini of ONC.
If we want to uncover the “true patient story,” we need to connect the dots across separate entities and look at data in a longitudinal way, says Dr. Rasu Shrestha, who talks about his team’s strategy at UPMC.
Although the industry still faces significant challenges in key areas like interoperability and usability – and relief often feels light years away – it’s important to remember that “monumental changes don’t happen overnight,” says Jared Jeffrey.
The “health highway” of seamless interoperability is as much a work in progress as any national network, says Sue Schade, reflecting on how far health IT has come in the past decade and a half.