Live from #HIMSS16: Interoperability showcase – which world do you want to live in?

When I think of interoperability, I think of organizations sharing content with other health systems. As I walked through the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, I gained an additional perspective –interoperability as it relates to sharing data and content within a health organization.

I’m not aware of a single health system that only has one health IT program, so it’s easy to see the value of interoperability and sharing information within an organization.

As HIMSS Analytics announces the new changes to the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), the basic premise is that clinicians should be able to access all patient content from within one system. The simplest solution is to make all patient content available within the electronic medical record (EMR).

Speaking with my colleagues in the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase opened my eyes to interoperability that providers need today, not necessarily functionality they want in the future. It’s critical for clinicians to have access to the complete patient record, within context, in a timely manner.

Two different health information management worlds

Let’s look at two examples. One where clinicians have access to relevant patient content within the context of the EMR, and one where they do not.

Example 1: Your doctor has access to your content within the EMR

Example 2: Your doctor does NOT have access to your full record

  • Your doctor, frustrated, spends most of her time behind a computer screen
  • You feel neglected because you don’t think you’re getting the facetime you deserve
  • Your doctor orders another test because she doesn’t have access to your last test
  • You waste time and money getting another test
  • Your treatment plan is finally delivered, much later than it would have been if your doctor had access to your full record

I was impressed by the attention to detail from a wide variety of healthcare IT companies at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase. I appreciate the dedication of my fellow Hylanders and health IT companies have and their lofty goal to improve interoperability, both within an organization and between organizations, to help deliver better care.

I also appreciate the fact that I’m a part of all of this; helping healthcare providers connect their important systems so the people delivering patient care can find the information they need, when they need it.

Happier doctors, happier staff, healthier patients. Or a bunch of frustrated people.

Which world do you want to live in?


PJ Carter

PJ Carter is a public relations specialist focusing on healthcare, higher education and OnBase product advancements. He considers himself a lifelong learner motivated by a curiosity to drive improvements.

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