Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS 10

Posted on March 1, 2010 I Written By

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The interoperability showcase is a really interesting part of HIMSS. They have 80 organizations and vendors that are participating in a wide variety of interoperability scenarios. It’s such a great idea to bring these vendors together to show interoperable EMR.

The problem I have with this concept is that they had the same showcase at HIMSS 09, no? Have we seen any real progress towards interoperability? I guess the question is a bit open for debate, but I can’t say that I’ve seen any huge progress towards interoperability since the last showcase. Is that because there are political and funding issues that are blocking the interoperability from happening?

I guess the point is that the interoperability showcase seems to show that interoperability is possible from a technical standpoint, but it must be something else that’s stopping its success.

Does that mean that we’re focusing on the wrong problem (the technical) when it comes to EMR Interoperability?