The idea that dumping of all our patients’ data into a magic lake will yield the knowledge we’re all seeking isn’t just ridiculous — it’s dangerous, says Dr. Craig Joseph, who likens it to “pouring crude oil in your car and expecting it to run.”
Despite the unfortunate timing of being released right as COVID-19 reached pandemic status, the final rule on interoperability and patient access is a significant step for the industry, says Michael Lipinski of ONC.
For organizations that still rely on traditional imaging models, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc, and will continue to do so unless leaders take steps toward an enterprise approach, according to our panelists.
One of the CMIO’s most important roles – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic – is to “protect providers” by ensuring they’re getting useful information, and not just data dumps, says Mark Weisman, MD.
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.