Interoperability of Data in Health Information Technology

Posted by Christian Franklin

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12/9/11 12:27 PM

The continually changing state of healthcare needs and interoperability of data in Health Information Technology (HIT) systems is growing exponentially. The need to have and consume discreet data exchanges between electronic medical records (EMR) and electronic health records (EHR), Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Personal Health Records (PHR) portals is in the forefront. The ability to exchange a fully coded Continuity of Care Document (CCD), availability to trigger automatic delivery once an event in care occurs, and to deliver the SAML interface is essential for adoption and use in the industry by all Health Information Technology groups. Ambiguity of the coded CCD mapping and missing naming definitions is hindering interoperability. Vendors need to quickly recognize that they no longer have control over consumers or their behaviors. Data access continues to rapidly empower the consumer but creates major challenges for healthcare providers and vendors. This shift also embodies the need to provide needed deliverables to users with even greater security and speed.  Data virtualization in healthcare and agile code morphing by vendors will be key to driving quick adoption by consumers (patients, providers and payors). 

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(Source: Composite Software)

By making data available as a service, through the virtualization layer, solution providers and industry participants are in a position to rapidly address and provide the interoperability required to meet the growing demand and fully leverage the large data sets being generated with next generation analytics and business intelligence tools.

Topics: Optimization, Analytics, Information Management