Greater availability of data is one of the key drivers in the transition to value-based care. With a better flow of information, it’s possible to eliminate redundancies and unnecessary testing. It also gives physicians greater context for diagnoses which helps them deliver the right level of care.
To enable this kind of data flow, health systems need to make imaging and other patient data available across the enterprise. Regardless of where the data is created or where it needs to be accessed, the process should be seamless.
Solving Problems of Scale
It may seem like achieving this level of data availability is simple, but for health systems with multiple departmental solutions, diverse vendor partners and distributed networks, it quickly becomes complicated.
Every department has clinical solutions that give them the tools they need for their roles. Large-scale replacements of these systems cause large scale disruption and also require major financial and technological investments.
A far more feasible solution is to make sure each department uses systems that are interoperable with one another. When disparate or best of breed systems are designed with a high degree interoperability, they can share data, making it unnecessary to transition to a single solution.
How Vendors Contribute to Interoperability
To achieve a high level of interoperability, vendors need to make it a guiding design principle. We need to shift focus from total system replacement and develop more flexible, adaptable solutions that help health systems deliver better results at lower cost.
Health Systems’ Role in Promoting Interoperability
On the other side of the equation, health systems should put interoperability at the top of their priorities for new purchases. That means including interoperability as a baseline expectation in any new solution acquisitions, and making it a key part of evaluation processes.
In addition to demanding interoperability from vendors, health systems need to be open to adopting industry standards. If a proprietary system is unable to interact with the rest of the data ecosystem, it may be time to adapt to a different solution that can.
Interoperability is set to be a major topic of discussion at HIMSS 2017. The Interoperability Showcase will highlight obstacles and opportunities with education sessions and demonstrations throughout the conference. You can register for a demo or stop by our booths, #3479 and #3878, and talk to us about how our solutions contribute to an interoperable ecosystem.