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HealthIT Continues March toward Interoperability – Perhaps

by Andrew White  |  November 20, 2017  |  Comments Off on HealthIT Continues March toward Interoperability – Perhaps

I saw an interesting article that looked at the issues in healthcare IT as it wrestles with interoperability.  The article, HIT Think Why quality measurement raises the stakes for true interoperability,  does a nice job of capturing the current state and also the challenges.  However it does not really tackle the core issue.  Yes, there is a clear need for interoperability, but what that means and how to drive, or motivate, the industry to achieve it not really clear.

I have posited a couple of times what is really need to sustain “interoperability” and also how to motivate stakeholders to do the work to get there – see What is Wrong with Interoperability (in healthcare)?  It does not take a unique or missing technology; that’s the good news.  But it seems we are not really connecting the dots.  Interoperability is like that a mysterious elixir – a bit like what a sale’s man is trying to sell you.  It’s a shame the healthcare industry can’t mix this one medicine correctly.

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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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