HIMSS19 was about a lot of things – building relationships, focusing on the human side of technology, and empowering patients. What it wasn’t about? “New and shiny objects,” according to a handful of influential leaders.
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.
While it’s true that “a rising tide raises all boats,” when it comes to finding interoperability solutions, it’s important to realize that smaller boats have a different set of needs – and resources, says Chuck Christian.
As its core, the problem with interoperability seems simple: providers want a standard way to connect with a broader community. So what’s the solution? That, says Chuck Christian, is the question.