One thing COVID-19 has demonstrated? The healthcare industry will bounce back, but it’s never going to be quite the same – and in some ways, that’s a positive, says Chuck Christian, CTO at Franciscan Health.
The “definitive focus on patient record sharing” we’re seeing across the industry is certainly encouraging, but there are fundamental issues that must be addressed before we’re truly able to move forward with interoperability, says Chuck Christian.
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.