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HIMSS' 4 steps toward interoperability

'As a nation, we must maintain the momentum'
By Bernie Monegain
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The Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society is calling on Congress to add its influence and energy to push the healthcare industry – indeed the nation – to make interoperability a reality.

"As a nation, we must maintain the momentum that has been achieved," HIMSS writes in its pitch to Congress. "Health IT is fundamental to transforming healthcare. However, in order for technology to reach its full potential to smooth transitions between healthcare settings, help control cost and improve quality of care, technology has to interoperable."

[See also: Stage set for big interoperability push.]

"The nation's healthcare infrastructure cannot yet adequately communicate between vendors, care settings, between providers, and between providers and patients," according to the letter to Congress.

Interoperability has been front-and-center recently, with the Office of the National Coordinator's Jan. 30 release of its draft roadmap for achieving interoperability by 2017. ONC also made interoperability central at its annual meeting, Feb. 2-3 in Washington.

[See also: ONC calls for interoperability by 2017.]

HIMSS' four recommendations to Congress:

  1. Facilitate core interoperability through the development and implementation of nationwide agreed upon data and transmissions standards.
  2. Harmonize quality reporting standards.
  3. Enhance privacy and security.
  4. Improve patient safety.

HIMSS provided Congress several action steps for its recommendations.

Read the complete document here.