Enabling providers to access real-time information about a patient’s previous ED visits has long seemed like a pipe dream, especially in the behavior health setting. But all of that is about to change, says CIO Jennifer D’Angelo.
The healthcare ecosystem in the United States was a “sprawling, disconnected patchwork” long before HITECH. And although the incentive program is flawed, it’s still helping to move the industry in the right direction, says researcher Yiscah Bracha.
The fact that most EHR vendors are connected to Carequality and/or CommonWell is certainly a step in the right direction, but if the data can’t easily be consumed and incorporated into workflows, it simply isn’t a far enough step, says Coray Tate.
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?
Whether it’s building an interoperability framework or adjusting to a new culture, major changes don’t have to be approached alone, says Saad Chaudhry, who discusses his leadership philosophy and his plans as CIO at SGHG.