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Health IT – Senator’s blast ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap correctly, but for the wrong reasons…

by Andrew White  |  March 9, 2015  |  Comments Off on Health IT – Senator’s blast ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap correctly, but for the wrong reasons…

I blogged last month (Health IT Roadmap for Industry Interoperability – where is the data quality?) that the Office of the National Coordinator of Heath IT (ONC) and its recently published nationwide interoperability road map.  After reading it, I get the idea that it is meant to be a high level road map, but I said that it failed to really focus on the important things.  I said in my blog that there is a lack of focus, for example, on data and data quality, and too much of a focus on standards and technology frameworks.

I noted today that some senators “blasted ONC interoperability Roadmap for Lack of Details“.  I was not really making a political point, but I my blog says something quite similar.  In the article Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), and John Thune (R-S.D.) blog about the value we are getting from the investment from Health IT.   The blog goes into quite a lot of detail – but one part drills down on the Roadmap itself.

The Health Data Management article calls out that the politicians suggest that there is a lack of details in the ONC’s roadmap.  I agree, but I was not political in my comment.  I was really only taking a business viewpoint of the work.  For example, the risk is that ONC does become more particle in its advice re technology and standard, but in so doing it would actually, in my view, still not likely be successful.  Without enough focus on data itself, and how end users are motivated to change the data quality of the data the use and share, no amount of “silver bullet” technology will make this thing work.  Interoperability is not about technology.  It is about information and people, first and foremost.


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Andrew White
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Andrew White is a Distinguished Analyst and VP. His roles include Chief of Research and Content Lead for Data and Analytics. His main research focus is data and analytics strategy, platforms, and governance. Read Full Bio

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