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As the ONC is heavily focusing on information blocking these days, and organizations like The Sequoia Project create new working groups, could we be at a turning point when it comes to health data interoperability?

Healthcare Interoperability at a Turning Point?

As the ONC is heavily focusing on information blocking these days, and organizations like The Sequoia Project create new working groups, could we be at a turning point when it comes to health data interoperability?

With the ONC proposed rule supporting the use of the Health Level Seven’s (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standards for healthcare application programming interfaces (APIs), Intermountain Healthcare Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) Stan Huff believes this to be true.

According to a recent HIT Infrastructure article, Huff stated that interoperable healthcare APIs will have a “tremendous” impact on healthcare. “That impact is really the reason that I'm so interested in standards and in interoperability.”

He also stated that healthcare interoperability will help reduce patient deaths caused by preventable medical errors, which he estimated at 250,000 deaths per year.

The article also highlights the recent CommonWell connection to the Carequality framework. As a result, CommonWell and Carequality-enabled providers can carry out bidirectional health data exchange to improve care coordination and healthcare delivery.

Last summer, we recorded a podcast interview with Jitin Asnaani, Executive Director of the CommonWell Health Alliance, who shared his passion for breaking down the barriers of health data exchange, new consumer health disruptions, and how interoperability needs to be truly person-centric.

“While we had many discussions five years ago about reluctance to share data in the vendor community, today the focus is more about ensuring that data is being served to the right person for the right purpose at the right time,” said Asnaani in the podcast interview. “Not all health data exchange is created equal, and we are moving into an age of consumer health, which will be truly transformative.”

Be sure to listen to the full podcast here:

To learn more about how RosettaHealth can assist with any health information challenges you might have, book a free consultation with one of our interoperability experts.

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