Interoperability is one of the major priorities of ONC. Plus, I hear many doctors complaining that their EHR doesn’t live up to its potential because the EHR is not interoperable. I personally believe that healthcare would benefit immeasurably from interoperable healthcare records. The problem is that healthcare interoperability is a really hard nut to crack
With that in mind, I’ve decided to do a series of blog posts highlighting some of the many challenges and issues with healthcare interoperability. Hopefully this will provide a deeper dive into what’s really happening with healthcare interoperability, what’s holding us back from interoperability and some ideas for how we can finally achieve interoperable healthcare records.
As I started thinking through the subject of Healthcare Interoperability, here are some of the topics, challenges, issues, discussions, that are worth including in the series:
- Interoperability Benefits
- Interoperability Risks
- Unique Identifier (Patient Identification)
- Data Standards
- Government vs Vendor vs Healthcare Organization Efforts and Motivations
- When Should You Share The Data and When Not?
- Major Complexities (Minors, Mental Health, etc)
- Business Model
I think this is a good start, but I’m pretty sure this list is not comprehensive. I’d love to hear from readers about other issues, topics, questions, discussion points, barriers, etc to healthcare interoperability that I should include in this discussion. If you have some insights into any of these topics, I’d love to hear it as well. Hopefully we can contribute to a real understanding of healthcare interoperability.