Need for Change

Health information is trapped. Devices and systems are hampered from exchanging information with ease, creating a healthcare system that is fragmented and inefficient. The end result:  it’s harder for healthcare professionals to care for patients.

Today’s lack of plug-and-play interoperability can compromise patient safety, impact care quality and outcomes, contribute to clinician fatigue and waste billions of dollars a year.

But imagine a world where information flows freely and technology functions seamlessly in the background so clinicians can excel in their jobs and achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.

By working with vendors to drive plug-and-play interoperability – and establishing a lab dedicated to solving shared technical challenges – we are changing the equation for a secure, interoperable health system:

Provider Demand + Centralized Lab = Market Change

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We believe information exchange – with appropriate privacy safeguards – among healthcare professionals, payors and researchers will serve as a catalyst for change in the healthcare marketplace. It will improve the safety and quality of care, enable innovation, remove risk and cost from the system and increase patient engagement. We know it won’t be easy, but it is the right thing to do.

The stakes are high, with medical errors resulting in near misses, injuries and deaths every year. Achieving plug-and-play interoperability will create a health system that is safer for all of us.

And, it goes beyond just treating illness. Bettering the health and wellness of our communities hinges on collaboration and information-sharing.

We are moving forcefully ahead on plug-and-play interoperability.

Interoperability Is An Ethical Issue 

by Michael M.E. Johns, MD and William Stead, MD

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