Interoperability is all about sharing data seamlessly between disparate systems. In healthcare, this isn’t just about convenience, it’s about improving and sometimes extending life. According to HIMSS, Interoperability is “the ability of different information systems, devices, and applications (‘systems’) to access, exchange, integrate and cooperatively use data in a coordinated manner, within and across organizational, regional and national boundaries, to provide timely and seamless portability of information and optimize the health of individuals of populations globally.”1
Care Demands Communication
Balancing HIPAA-compliance and essential data sharing
Like never before the need for secure HIPAA-compliant data sharing is essential. With recent events, patient care demands that all hospital systems have a high level of intercompatibility. Still, many healthcare systems do not yet have the level of data sharing that patients would assume. An article coming out of MIT explains, “Intercompatible electronic health records have eluded the industry for more than a decade. The coronavirus pandemic could force change out of necessity.” The article continues explaining why the difficulty of passing data from one EHR to another is dire, “This limitation could endanger millions of senior patients with comorbidities, such as diabetes, heart disease, and emphysema, who are particularly at risk of coronavirus because telehealth providers can’t get direct access to their medical data.”2
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Sending and receiving the information you need
Healthcare Integrations was helping healthcare systems seamlessly and securely share data long before the added demands of the pandemic. Furthermore, we’re prepared and ready to provide the support any medical system needs when they need it. When connecting systems and communicating data to the right people at the right time could literally be a life and death situation, you want help from an experienced integrations team.