The state of Healthcare Interoperability in Healthcare
In the healthcare arena, interoperability is the ability of different information technology systems and software applications to communicate, exchange data, and use the information that has been exchanged. So, when you hear the many conversations and join different webinars on the subject of Healthcare Interoperability, just know the main focus and end goal is to get all the different disparate healthcare systems integrated between each other. Healthcare Interoperability is the driving force behind how healthcare is delivered in the modern age. The need to shared data like clinical history, social history and family history helps clinicians and other healthcare staff make better decisions for a patient’s health. Seeing the patient’s entire history is key, knowing all possible things that have been done about their physical and psychological health helps with the next interaction between patient and provider.
Healthcare Interoperability has come a long way, from the days of no integrations between different organizations and systems, moving from fax and paper-based integrations to current state of electronic integrations. Even though the needle has moved, there is still a lot of work to do in the Healthcare Industry to enhance the interoperability needs and make it more accessible and cost efficient to all Healthcare Organizations.
The current shortcomings in the interoperability space are smaller rural healthcare organizations are still not fully electronic and are to still using fax and paper which is due to budget and cost constraints to implement an electronic medical record system. Also, more integrations are need between regional, cross state and national healthcare organizations as patients travel and moving around more than ever.
Currently, interoperability needs are centered around specific locations or a radius where patients are most likely to visit for their healthcare needs and more than not these integrations are between bigger health systems that have the resources and the means to complete the different interoperability projects. The next steps are to have more integrations done on larger radius scale and to get more small healthcare organizations/clinics sharing data to continue to develop the whole health picture for patients between the different routes of care a patient takes in their lifetime. Let DevScripts Solutions help with your interoperability needs and move Healthcare Interoperability forward.
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