Industry discussions about interoperability aren’t going to slow down any time soon, especially with HHS’ recently announced and finalized interoperability rules. Interoperability, or the ability of different HIT systems to access and exchange information fluidly, is a crucial component to providing better healthcare, especially as value-based care models continue to take center stage for provider organizations.
When patients transition from their primary care physician (PCP), to a specialist, hospital or rehab facility – their medical records should travel with them, or at the very least, be readily accessible along the way. In today’s world where technology is advanced enough to replace loss of limb or self-drive automobiles, this should be a given, right? But it’s still one of the industry’s biggest challenges – one that will never be solved by EHR giants, open APIs or government policies alone. To truly improve and enable the flow of data and communication in the U.S.healthcare system, we need to complement the HHS’ interoperability framework by overhauling our technological approach entirely.