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Standards, a Standard! My Business for a (healthcare) Standard!

by Andrew White  |  October 19, 2015  |  Comments Off on Standards, a Standard! My Business for a (healthcare) Standard!

You recognize the title of this blog as you have heard it (likely) many times in the past, in reference to a horse.  Of course, the next line in the play is, “Withdraw, my lord; I’ll help you to a horse.”   The famous horse line came to me as I read this Health Data Management article (see Differences in Terminology Challenge Healthcare, Part I) that suggests that those in healthcare need to share a common language in order to share information and also to integrate business processes.

The way to achieve such interoperability implies yet another standard!  To be true this in fact implies some agreement in the semantics at the core of this language, and a deployment of this additional standard.  The article rightly highlights how healthcare, like many industries, already has lots of standards.

I read the article with a wry smile on my face as the conversations documented in the article are so much like back to the future.  I was party to the same kind of public dialog in the consumer goods/retail industry before 2000 when folks in that segment were focused on yet more standards to help create a global language to improve sharing of reference and master data between organizations.  And I don’t suppose there is any one industry that has never had this conversation.  It’s a long-time runner – just keeps on going.  Yet we have spent a lot on technology – and we continue to spend more and more on technology.  Maybe someone will figure that this is not so much a technology challenge and more a people and business process challenge.

Category: health-it  healthcare  industry-standards  

Andrew White
Research VP
8 years at Gartner
22 years IT industry

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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