The good news? Healthcare organizations are finding success when it comes to interoperability. The not-so-good news? That success often comes in sharing data within their own system, rather than with outsiders, according to research from the Center for Connected Medicine.
For healthcare organizations, the goal isn’t just to provide clinicians with useful data, but to provide it easily and quickly, says Chuck Christian, who talks about how IHIE is trying to facilitate that.
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.
From the data’s changing nature to the challenges in integrating new apps and devices, there are countless roadblocks to achieving interoperability. But it doesn’t have to be this way, says CMIO Albert Villarin.
For Karen DeSalvo, serving as National Health IT Coordinator offered the opportunity to “think big and do big things,” and made for an extremely memorable three years.