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Healthcare IT Adoption without Collaboration - How Does That Work?

March 31, 2009
by Michael Craige
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The power of technology has transformed every single industry and line of business in our economy. But for Healthcare, technology is yet to be properly implemented to allow patient information to be shared across multiple health facilities and hospitals.

Even as we work today to achieve 100% of healthcare IT adoption across the country many health facilities are still overlooking a crucial piece of the adoption pie. The majority of adoptions are still not taking into consideration the ability to exchange clinical information between physicians and hospitals nation-wide.

Without a comprehensive and collaborative plan to focus on nation-wide clinical systems connectivity build upon a nation-wide interoperability IT infrastructure, individual facilities and health systems will continue to lack access to comprehensive data on patients and the ability to get the best data in the hands of physicians for the best patient care.

Let's spend on projects that last. Lets focus on investing on a nation-wide technology infrastructure that will transform the healthcare industry as we look ahead in the 21st century. Let eliminate the "data gap•bCrLf between our nation's hospitals, government, research universities and informatics vendors and avoid programs that encourages "silo•bCrLf adoption of specific pieces of clinical systems and facilities.

I support the use of healthcare IT as part of our economic recovery plan, but only if we embrace collaboration and the ability to exchange clinical information between hospitals, universities and physician practices nation-wide by connecting individual clinical systems. Collaboration breaths reduction in errors, new drugs, improvement in quality of care, a wider use of evidence based medical practice and overall reduction in adoption expenditures. Are we lacking the technology innovations to collaborate on healthcare IT?

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Anthony you are so correct. With stimulus and internal funding/money going directly to individual projects and specific HIT adoption programs, theY are no driving rational to change the single focus of adoption.

Today, many health facilities and hospitals running critical patient care applications are line school buses without inter-state route. These bus will only operate in their communities and useful in a silo form.

We are in need of better oversight with the ability to exchange clinical information between hospitals nationally.

My guess is that the people who wrote the Stimulus think that all products which are CCHIT certified are totally interoperable, so by requiring products to be certified, the problem is solved. But, as we all know, CCHIT certification guarantees certain pieces of functionality, not plug and play interoperability, especially not between one vendor's ambulatory product and another's inpatient suite.

We are in need of better oversight and healthcare reform over Healthcare IT adoption.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10199405-38.html
By Stephanie Condon

hospital/physician integration is going to be imperiled by stimulus money going direct to practices. With no hospital oversight of the selection, CIOs do not stand a chance of integrating 20 different ambulatory EMRs with their inpatient systems. Hopefully docs will be savvy enough to work with the main hospital they refer to before picking a product, but I fear not.

Wayne Craige

Chief Executive Officer & Bio-medical Informatician

Wayne Craige

@wayne_craige

www.cidrep.com

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