It was just a matter of time before interoperability took the forefront and became the next big initiative in healthcare technology. We have seen the industry evolve significantly in the past 10 years, most notably with the introduction of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 and now it is time to create an interoperable system and unleash the most powerful elements of a wired industry – communication, exchange and analytics!
At HealthUnity, we have been working to connect communities and establish health information exchanges for the past 10 years – before the movement was on the minds of many healthcare CIOs. We are thrilled that the Office of the National Coordinator has shifted their focus to interoperability.
We are ready to assist in transforming medicine and make healthcare a high operating connected system. Once these connections are live, we can improve communication, data exchange and truly report on a substantial pool of health data.
Stay abreast on the latest discussions to progress healthcare interoperability. Below is a quick summary of activities to date.
March 2014: The newly appointed ONC National Coordinator for Health IT, Karen DeSalvo, speaks at HIMSS14 in Orlando and stresses upcoming focus on interoperability.
June 2014: Karen DeSalvo, ONC National Coordinator for Health IT, announces reorganization to promote their next chapter of an “interoperable health IT solution.”
September 2014: Initial comment period closes on online interoperability community. Karen DeSalvo speaks at AHIMA conference and again stresses interoperability is ONC’s top priority.
October 15, 2014: ONC releases draft 10-year interoperability roadmap
Additional materials from the day long joint HIT meeting, including audio are available on healthit.gov.
January 2015: ONC projects the release of the 10-year interoperability roadmap for public comment