Interoperability must become more than a buzz word in the healthcare industry. For healthcare providers today, it is time to go beyond the technical sharing of data to look at the outcomes healthcare organizations and their consumers receive from data sharing and integration.
Healthcare initiatives like care coordination, interoperability, and CDSS all rely on the ability to reliably and quickly share information. To be certain healthcare providers are successful in the future, they must not only provide better care with less, they must also become partners with providers from treatment settings previously considered disparate. Whether these are providers of mental health, substance use, public health, or primary care services, they must open their minds to parallel treatment paradigms while opening their systems to parallel data sources.
I recently presented on the topic of Disruptive Innovation. Like many things in life, the speaking opportunity happened by accident. I was asked to fill-in for Netsmart Chief Operating Officer Tom Herzog who had a previous commitment. Since Tom is an inspiring speaker, especially on this topic, I was a little intimidated. After looking at his slides, I realized he and I came at Disruptive Innovation from different perspectives. Tom’s take was very technology-oriented and mine more clinical.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) outlined the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) through Meaningful Use. The MU requirements include functional capabilities for clinical decision support rules. Any organization or provider going after MU incentive dollars are getting acquainted with decision support functionalities.