In the everyday world, interoperability is a word spell check tries to correct to invulnerability. In the world of health information technology (HIT), interoperability means health records that talk to each other. Kind of ironic because perhaps the biggest vulnerability in our national effort to use technology to improve health and health care is that our systems don’t do a good job talking to each other. As a result, scanners and fax machines are still an important part of a doctor’s office so delays and errors that occur when transferring information from one data source to another continue.
Our technology partner, HealthBridge, recently participated in a national dialog about HIT and interoperability. The comments were solicited by the Office of the National Coodinator, who oversees the implementation of HIT. To follow the conversation, follow this link.