Can you imagine a future where data is stored in regional, standardized clinical repositories, enabling leaders to focus less on moving data and creating a single source of truth, and more on innovating?
Like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, Chuck Christian keeps coming back to one topic: patient identification, and it will keep happening until healthcare finds a reliable way to match patients, he says in this post.
All of the effort invested into getting data where it needs to be won’t yield much of a return if the processes aren’t where they need to be, says Chuck Christian, reflecting on the concept of interoperability.
Should patients be able to access and share their medical records? Of course. But are patients willing to read all the fine print, and qualified to properly vet third parties? That, says Chuck Christian, is the big question.
The only way to truly assess how far the industry has come in its quest for interoperability is to start from the beginning, says Chuck Christian, who provides a history lesson on federal policy and programs.