By Megan Williams, contributing writer
While interoperability has heavily been discussed as an ideal for the U.S. healthcare system, it has taken a communicable disease to highlight exactly why the goal is important, and how far behind we really are in achieving true, systemically beneficial levels of interoperability.
The New York Times highlighted a very plain issue with EHRs in September — systems frequently can’t communicate, and companies are at a standoff in taking responsibility. Caught in the middle are doctors, hospitals, and other providers, who are concerned that the systems they put in place to save money and leverage health information, aren’t functioning the way they’d hoped.
The recent domestic emergence of Ebola has escalated concerns over what these issues mean on a much more tangible level
A Doctor’s Perspective
The discussion has prompted a doctor to respond, highlighting his perspective as a clinician who’s found many issues with EHR use overall (also featured on Search Health IT). Alan Ducatman, M.S., M.D., Professor Of Public Health and Professor Of Medicine At West Virginia University, highlighted the following complaints:
To learn more about some of the foundations of achieving true interoperability, read, Data Normalization: A New Source Of Value For Your Healthcare IT Clients.