HIMSS Review: Technology Priorities and Realities

The 2013 HIMSS conference featured technology solutions to transform existing healthcare providers into ACOs. But is the technology cart leading the horse? Security concerns may be getting bigger, and interoperability remains a distant goal.

1 comments on "HIMSS Review: Technology Priorities and Realities"
Frank Poggio (3/12/2013 at 6:13 PM)

Interoperability...a long way off, you bet! And not only that, think of IntrAoperability. But while ONC focuses on moving date between different health providers there are still big – very big – problems in moving data between systems within a given institution. That's even when you have a vendor like Cerner, or Epic, or McKesson as your primary EHR supplier. They are classically awful at talking to specialty systems. At least that's been my experience for 40 years. Typically they are happy to send you data, not so co-operative in receiving it. It gets done, but not without a hodge-podge of interfaces. By the way in looking over the CommonWell proposal it also focuses on external communication. Nice but in my book no cigar. They totally ignore the issue within the institution. I wonder when ONC will figure this out – you can't very well or efficiently create CCD/CCR data without first getting all the internals to talk to one another. Frank Poggio The Kelzon Group


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