When Interoperability Goes Worldwide

When Interoperability Goes Worldwide

Here in the United States, we’re working diligently to build a highly interoperable EHR system that keeps patients safer, healthier. But we aren’t a local economy anymore.

Every day, US citizens fly all over the world. They receive medical attention while traveling for business and on vacation. What if that information connected with our own EHR system?

While that may be a long way off, it is something to consider. A recent report put out by Black Book Research “State of the Global EHR Industry 2018” highlights different nations and the status of regional EHR adoption. And it showcases how difficult this process will be.

The first struggle is to clearly define what an interoperable EHR system really looks like. The survey found that 90 percent of all respondents had a different outlook on what an EHR system should contain. Over 72 percent felt a preferable strategy would be to link systems by way of messaging, APIs, web services, or clinical portals. And only 7 percent stated their regional HIT system had the necessary connectivity as other providers.

If we’re not seeing the big picture in the same way now, they’ll be no way to connect down the road.

Why worry about the rest of the world when we’re still having trouble coming to terms with our own EHR policies and requirements?

What better time to think about global interoperability than when everyone is creating a system for the ground up?

Still, two things stand in the way.

  1. We think small. We rarely think about developing a system beyond our immediate needs. And when we do, it’s every vendor for themselves. It’s proprietary.
  2. Vendors think locally rather than globally. What works in one location could easily work around the world with a few tweaks. But not if you don’t look at what type of system the global marketplace needs.

Medical personnel are ready to outsource. In fact, they prefer it. You can’t be an expert at everything, so why not release the IT portion of a business to someone who understands it?

However, as healthcare organizations continue to look for outside resources, frustration rises.

But that doesn’t push them away from wanting more. The Black Book report states that 84 percent of all respondents confirmed increased efficiencies by outsourcing IT, and that the process completely transformed their businesses once in place.

Two steps forward. One step back.

No matter how big or small your company is, outsourcing is the key to a better future. It’s the way we’ll be able to provide every person facing a medical situation the best care possible, no matter where they are in the world.

Are you thinking big picture?

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