I recently attended the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) annual conference in Indianapolis. I had the honor of presenting Iatric Systems thoughts on how to increase HIE utilization with our very disruptive FlexButtonTM technology.
One of my favorite things about ending a year is taking a look back at the highlights from the year, reflecting on accomplishments, and then quickly turning to look at the possibilities ahead for the new year.
Is interoperability a challenge at your hospital? Do the frank opinions of hospital CIOs matter to you?
If so, you might be interested in the thoughts and perspectives shared in a focus group at HIMSS16. The topic: Defining Interoperability Challenges, Priorities, and Solutions for 2016. About 18 CIOs attended, representing hospitals, public health agencies, and similar organizations.
Since the draft FHIR specifications were released last year, I have had the opportunity to talk to a lot of healthcare IT leaders, hospital CIOs, and other vendors about its implementation and benefits. The consensus so far is that FHIR is easier to use, can accelerate 3rd party integration, and will bring Generation Y companies to healthcare quicker. This ultimately leads to improved patient care.