Interoperability is one of the most challenging and complex requirements in Healthcare. However, it is a problem that Healthcare CIOs and other health IT professionals must address. Examining where Healthcare-provider organizations will make interoperability investments in the future is an intelligent method to understand interoperability and how to handle it. That’s what the second piece in Healthcare IT News’s new feature series, “Health IT Investment: The Next Five Years,” is all about.
For this series, we spoke with health IT leaders, primarily chief information officers (CIOs), to learn about their investment priorities in six categories: AI and machine learning, interoperability, telehealth, connected health, and remote patient monitoring, cybersecurity, electronic health records, and population health, and emerging technology and other systems. Interoperability is the focus of the second characteristic.
So, while application programming interfaces (APIs) and standards can help with interoperability, he continued, there’s no reason to get 300 systems to talk to each other when the essential underlying technology can be changed. According to Tachinardi of the Regenstrief Institute, “interoperability is a critical aspect of and is becoming more so as data volume grows and Healthcare becomes more global and networked.” He also stated that the epidemic had highlighted the necessity of transmitting data in a way that is understandable, accurate, secure, and timely.