The only way to truly assess how far the industry has come in its quest for interoperability is to start from the beginning, says Chuck Christian, who provides a history lesson on federal policy and programs.
We have to be careful when we accuse vendors (or any organization, for that matter) of data blocking, says Chuck Christian, who believes it’s much more complicated than just refusing to cooperate.
One of the most important things Chuck Christian has learned from speaking with physicians? “If you can present data in a manner and process that fits into their workflow, they’re more apt to use it.”
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.
Despite what some may say, interoperability isn’t free – not by a long shot. But the value that comes from physicians having the data they need, when they need it is immeasurable, says Chuck Christian.