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retweet: WOO HOO! #NHINDirect wins @InformationWeek 500 Gov Innovators Award

by Wes Rishel  |  September 24, 2010  |  Comments Off on retweet: WOO HOO! #NHINDirect wins @InformationWeek 500 Gov Innovators Award

(Revision, 25 September: As of Friday morning the “project formerly known as NHIN Direct” has begun a rebranding related to overall rebranding of NHIN. Look for a name change and perhaps a URL change.)

As one who has been a judge for some awards programs, I cast a jaundiced eye on all of them. Not knowing the specifics of the  InformationWeek Government Innovators award I would normally give it brief interest and then pass on to the next shiny Internet object that grabs my eye.

However, as the co-father of the NHIN Direct concept through my blogs (see Simple Interop: A PowerPoint Presentation), I somehow manage to moderate the analyst’s jaundice-yellow by looking at it through rose-colored glasses. I allow myself just a touch of pride. (Maybe more than a touch.)

As the NHIN Direct consensus approach is not my doing, I can speak more freely about it. The NHIN Direct program was designed and implemented by Arien Malec and Brian Behlendorf under the eye of Doug Fridsma and Farzad Mostashari at ONC. The goal is to bridge the gap between the dynamic innovation of open source/free enterprise and the needs for a more deliberative process associated with rulemaking. My hat is off to A, B, D and F … the concept is brilliant and they have demonstrated it working across a community with widely divergent initial views and corporate interests.

The proof of the pudding is in the information exchange, so we will watch with interest as they carry this forward. If we have real patient information flowing any time in the next six months (and I think we will), we will have a new speed record for taking a healthcare interoperability idea from concept to operation.

If we achieve such actual usage we look forward the potential of NHIN Direct appearing in future meaningful use certification regulations.  What a great idea. First implement then regulate.

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Category: healthcare-providers  interoperability  

Tags: health-information-exchange  health-internet  healthcare-interoperability  hie  meaningful-use  nhin-direct  

Wes Rishel
VP Distinguished Analyst
12 years at Gartner
45 years IT industry

Wes Rishel is a vice president and distinguished analyst in Gartner's healthcare provider research practice. He covers electronic medical records, interoperability, health information exchanges and the underlying technologies of healthcare IT, including application integration and standards. Read Full Bio

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