The reason why interoperability wasn’t baked into HITECH? Because ONC knew it couldn’t be developed in a committee, but had to be done “in the real world,” even if that meant it would be “messy,” says Doug Fridsma.
If we want to make interoperability a reality, we need to stop thinking of it as a utopian place where data flows freely, and instead define it as the ability to incrementally improve functionality, says Doug Fridsma.
Make no mistake – providers are moving the needle when it comes to interoperability, but it’s a change that’s coming slowly and with its share of challenges, says Jared Jeffery, reflecting on what KLAS has learned.
CMS’ decision to ease back on the final rule is a game-changer, and it wouldn’t have been possible without testimonies from health IT leaders, say Mari Savickis and Leslie Krigstein of CHIME.
The bad news? EHR vendors have come under fire for failing to facilitate data sharing. The good news? They can go from perceived villain to hero by following these steps, says former CIO Bill Russell.