Meaningful use criteria are indeed shaping the industry and modernizing how health data is used, but the criteria isn’t a paint-by-numbers instruction manual. IT departments should not feel reliant on or handcuffed by the ONC. There is still plenty of room for IT leaders to set ambitious, innovative goals that help create a competitive advantage through data exchange.
Jon Mertz describes the current state of health data interoperability, including the following four imperatives to health information exchange:
-We need to remove technical, political, and health standards barriers to data exchanges.
-We need vendors to work together more collaboratively.
-We need a community of care providers to work more collaboratively together.
-We need to think outside our system boxes and better equip patients and providers to exchange data in a meaningful, secure, and real-time way.
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It is predicted that 2014 will be the first time in medicine when there will be more digital natives practicing medicine than digital immigrants. Angela Dunn interviews Anna Clemenson about a new initiative, The Student Leadership Program, which will be a part of Medicine X at Stanford, September 5-7, 2014. Applications for the program are being accepted now, and will close January 20, 2014.
It’s clear the voice of the patient is growing. There is much knowledge to be gained. Healthcare conferences are where new ideas are presented and exchanged. Will 2014 see more healthcare conferences inviting patients to tell their story and co-create new solutions? Angela Dunn explores the need and where it has proven successful.
The context in which we provide interfaces outside of hospital organizations is changing rapidly. There are many new regulatory and business requirements. The government and market pressures to form ACOs and HIEs have generated a high number of new participants and connections. These factors and others are creating a tsunami of interface work that is coming in at a rapid pace.
Radiology has always had the most innovative technology in healthcare, with CT scanners that can capture a 3D image of a patient’s heart between heart beats, but the field is often wrongly stereotyped as sitting on the sidelines when it comes to the interoperability revolution. Tim Dawson introduces us to DICOM-RS, a standard akin to HL7 FHIR that will very likely have a big role in the future of health IT interoperability
CEOs of hospitals with advanced health IT are paid more. However, studies show mortality rates & readmission do not influence CEO salaries. Technology can only go so far and the rest is up to us humans. The newest model MRI may produce the most clear and easy to read scans, but if the health care provider doesn’t interpret them correctly or doesn’t communicate the information to the patient in a clear way then you’re probably not going to get the best patient outcome.