When Will Interoperability Be a "Given" in Health IT?
Fortunately, basic interoperability among general office systems was achieved long ago. It is now hard to imagine not being able to exchange emails or documents easily with a colleague inside or outside your organization.
But what if you could not successfully send an email, note or even conduct a quick phone call with someone in another office because your systems were technically incompatible? This is a daily challenge and frustration for physicians, many of whom to this day are unable to share information between hospitals and health practices due to a lack of interoperability among EHR systems. It looks and feels a bit like this:
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With some prodding from the government, health IT vendors now are working to resolve this thorny problem. Of course, PatientKeeper has long had a core competency in integration, so users of our systems have always been able to access and act on patient information from a wide array of EHRs and departmental systems. Just as office workers don’t give interoperability a second thought, physicians and other clinicians shouldn’t have to, either.
See previous entries in our “What If” animation series.