A Healthcare Interoperability Discussion with Pete McCabe, CEO of Ciox

Healthcare interoperability has always been a hot topic, but it’s become even more interesting amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  In many ways, the pandemic has highlighted some of the challenges healthcare faces in sharing health data between providers.

In order to better understand more about the current state of healthcare interoperability, I sat down (virtually of course) with Pete McCabe, CEO of Ciox.  For those not that familiar with Ciox, according to McCabe they are the premier clinical data exchange in the country.  Considering they sit in 3000 hospitals, 16,000 clinics, and work with most of the top payers, it’s easy to see the breadth of health data sharing they are involved in.  No doubt Pete and his team at Ciox have a front row seat to what’s happening in healthcare.

Like many healthcare stakeholders, Ciox has felt some impact from COVID-19.  One change has been healthcare organizations moving to Ciox’s digital health data exchange options and remote workforce.  However, the need to continue sharing data records hasn’t changed and I won’t be surprised if the demand for patient records really increases as COVID-19 progresses.

To learn more about these changes and healthcare interoperability in general, watch the interview below where we dive into the following questions:

  • What are the lessons we’re learning about interoperability in the current COVID-19 pandemic?
  • We’ve been talking about interoperability for the last decade. Why hasn’t there been more improvement than what we have today?
  • Why haven’t the EHRs solved this problem?
  • What are the real benefits of achieving interoperability? Is it the magic bullet that will create better outcomes?
  • Data sharing and privacy seem to be at odds. How do you support both at the same time?
  • If you could change one thing to make interoperability more of a reality, what would you change?

About Ciox
Ciox Health, a leading health technology company and proud sponsor of Healthcare IT Today, is improving patient health by transforming clinical data into actionable insights. Combined with an unmatched network offering ubiquitous access to healthcare data, Ciox’s expertise, relationships, technology and scale make a difference for healthcare stakeholders and empower greater health for patients. Through its HealthSource technology platform, which includes solutions for data acquisition, release of information, clinical coding, data abstraction, and analytics, Ciox helps clients securely and consistently solve the last mile challenges in clinical interoperability. Learn more about Ciox’s technology and solutions by visiting www.cioxhealth.com or Twitter and LinkedIn.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.