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Building a Network of Networks to Achieve Interoperability in Healthcare (Strategic Focus) Product Image

Building a Network of Networks to Achieve Interoperability in Healthcare (Strategic Focus)

  • Published: October 2008
  • 32 pages
  • Datamonitor

The ability to exchange information between healthcare stakeholders is necessary to improve quality of care and decrease healthcare costs, but achieving interoperability in healthcare has long been an elusive goal. Today, however, interoperability is already a reality in some healthcare settings. These early successes are paving the way for more health information exchange (HIE) in the future.

Scope

- Identifies the key barriers to interoperability

- Provides examples of successful HIEs

- Analyzes the role of personal health records in HIE

Highlights of this title

More patient information allows providers to see a 360 degree view of the patient

Organizational issues, not technical ones, are limiting the growth of HIE

Smaller, underlying networks will connect to build a worldwide HIE network

Key reasons to purchase this title

- Understand where interoperability is today and where it will be in the near future

- Align product messaging with what will resonate best with healthcare organizations

- Identify strategies that will increase HIE success

Overview
Catalyst
Summary

Key Messages
More patient information allows providers to see a 360 degree view of the patient 2
Organizational issues, not technical ones, are limiting the growth of HIE 2
Organization-centric interoperability is followed by regional and national initiatives 2
If adopted, PHRS could greatly simplify many of the barriers facing interoperability 2
Smaller, underlying networks will connect to build a worldwide HIE network 3
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Table of figures 5
Market Opportunity 6
The ability to share healthcare information seamlessly is the holy grail of healthcare IT 6
Interoperability will decrease the fragmentation of todays healthcare systems 7
More information allows providers to see the whole elephant - or in this case, the whole patient 8
Interoperability reduces costs for all, but the overall healthcare system benefits the most 9
Government involvement and funding have driven successful healthcare interoperability projects 10
The barriers to healthcare interoperability are organizational, not technical 11
No margin, no mission: without a sustainable business model, HIE projects will falter 11
The market needs to address the perceived lack of privacy and security 12
Lack of trust, often rooted in past experiences and competition, makes consensus difficult to reach 12
Technology Evolution 14
Underlying networks will provide the basis for regional, national and worldwide networks 14
Lets start from the very beginning: organization-centric interoperability is a first step 14
Regional and national networks are the next logical step, but it is easier said than done 16
Like grass roots organizations, clinical, research and vendor networks are growing organically 20
If adopted, personal health records could greatly simplify many of the barriers facing interoperability today 21
No single path to interoperability: organizations must choose what is best for them 23
HIE technology prerequisites and trends are already apparent 24
Customer Impact: Recommendations to Healthcare organizations 26
Providers need to demand interoperability from healthcare technology vendors 26
Dont lose sight of the end goal - work with other stakeholders and with other networks 26
HIEs should start small and focus on the positive instead of the past 27
Go to Market 28
Technology vendors need to educate all healthcare stakeholders on the benefits of HIE 28
Cant we all just get along? - Vendors must work together to achieve interoperability 28
While the barriers to HIE are mainly organizational, the technology could still be improved 28

APPENDIX
Definitions 29
Abbreviations 29
Methodology 30
Further reading 30
Ask the analyst 31
Disclaimer 31

List of Figures
Figure 1: Patient information is currently stored in separate silos 7
Figure 2: Organization-centric interoperability is a first step 15
Figure 3: Regional and national networks are the next logical step 18
Figure 4: Clinical, research and vendor networks are growing organically 21
Figure 5: PHRs could greatly simplify HIE 23
Figure 6: Building a Network of Networks 24

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