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RosettaHealth's Buff Colchagoff addresses the challenges and opportunities for HIEs when it comes to TEFCA in a recent Health Data Answers guest article.

Health Data Answers: Will HIEs Become the Next Route 66 When TEFCA Arrives?

With the ONC planning on releasing the next iteration of TEFCA this year, many HIEs are likely to be very concerned about the potential impact of this federally-constructed interoperability initiative.

In the HIE arena, there may be many winners and losers when it comes to TEFCA. For Buff Colchagoff, CEO of RosettaHealth, the image of merchants on the old Route 66 being bypassed by the new and vastly larger interstate highways comes to mind in this recent Health Data Answers guest article.

Buff also highlighted how some HIEs will become part of the new interstate system that will flourish, while the others may become like Radiator Springs, the town that time forgot in the 2006 movie Cars.

For example, during the time of the HITECH Act stimulus package, many HIEs invested in infrastructure, and waited for the customers to come onboard – the “if you build it, they will come” method. This strategy did not work for all HIEs, and some ultimately did not survive, according to the article.

Though the prognosis is not all dire. Buff recommended that HIEs need to create value by enabling constituent use cases where customers could see clear value in sharing data. This also means expanding connectivity and having an infrastructure that can support highly flexible, orchestrated services.

The message is clearly resonating. A former and very prominent ONC and VA executive shared Buff’s article over Twitter, and created some very dynamic conversations about the impact of TEFCA on HIEs.

Please click here to read the full article. In addition, if you would like to share your perspective on this article with Buff, he will be attending the upcoming SHIEC conference with the RosettaHealth team in booth #603.

To learn more about how RosettaHealth can assist with any health information challenges you might have, book a time to come see us at SHIEC 2019.

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