Dr. Doug Fridsma
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It’s hard to believe that yet another year has passed and we are once again upon our industry’s largest event: the annual Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference. As in years past, ONC will have a significant presence at the conference.
This week I want to discuss a technical report that was issued in 2003, but that (I think) can help us understand why getting to an interoperable health IT system is so hard, and why we are not advocating for a single health care IT system.
We often see health care systems (and the IT in health care) as different and not comparable to work that has been done in other areas. However, I think there is a lot that we can learn from other industries.
A few weeks ago, I described the differences between the concepts of interoperability and health information exchange, both important goals of ONC. In this week’s discussion, I want to dive a little deeper into the characteristics of interoperability and why I believe the solutions are not black and white, but rather a shade of gray.