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.
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.
Healthcare is provided locally and should be governed locally – but is there a way to enable that while protecting patient data? That’s the big question, says Chuck Christian, who believes IHIE might have a solution.