With my new fascination with healthcare interoperability, I’m drawn to anything and everything which looks at the successes and challenges associated with it. So, it was no surprised that I was intrigued by this whitepaper that looks at the 6 Healthcare Interoperability Myths.
For those who don’t want to download the whitepaper for all the nitty gritty details, here are the 6 myths:
- One Size Fits All
- There Is One Standard to Live By
- I Can Only “Talk” to Providers on the Same EHR as Mine
- If I Give Up Control of My Data, I’ll Lose Patients
- Hospitals Lead in Interoperability
- Interoperability Doesn’t Really “Do” Anything. It’s Just a Fad like HMOs in the 90s
You can read the whole whitepaper if you want to read all the details about each myth.
The first two hit home to me and remind me of my post about achieving continuous healthcare interoperability. I really think that the idea of every health IT vendor “interpreting” the standard differently is an important concept that needs to be dealt with if we want to see healthcare interoperability happen.
Another concept I’ve been chewing on is whether everyone believes that healthcare interoperability is the right path forward. The above mentioned whitepaper starts off with a strong statement that, “It’s no tall tale. Yes. We need interoperability.” While this is something I believe strongly, I’m not sure that everyone in healthcare agrees.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do we all want healthcare interoperability or are there are a lot of people out there that aren’t sure if healthcare interoperability is the right way forward?