Interoperability still a barrier to meaningful use, experts find

February 16, 2012 in Medical Technology

This is a very timely article, coming a few days before HIMSS 2012.

Interoperability is THE biggest hurdle that hasn’t been addressed by the implementation of an EMR. Most vendor apps are meant to be solutions that provide the interface, process flows and database. The problem arises in these facts:

- Interface(s) need to be flexible and role-based (think: app approach, not fixed GUI)
- Process flows will morph over time and need to be owned, maintained and changed constantly. There’s no time to wait for new releases and patches for this.
- Data needs to be in motion and not buried in a proprietary schema
- CORE will put far more pressure on healthcare IT than EMR does, and interoperability will become crucial for metrics and driving continuous improvements

If we think interoperability is a problem today…just wait…

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