HIMSS 2011: Exchange is in the Air
Still, the buzz in Orlando this week suggests that healthcare organizations are willing to tackle it. And HealthLeaders Media's recently released annual industry survey backs that up. Among healthcare technology leaders, 28% said they already participate in some kind of data exchange or share data with one or more competitors and another 61% said they plan to do so.
It's clear they also recognize the challenges, however, including those perennial hot topics mentioned above. Most of the IT leaders in our survey said it will take anywhere from four to 10 years to realize the ultimate goal of an interoperable healthcare system where providers, payers, patients, and public health entities can exchange health information.
But Mattison is more optimistic. As more and more organizations begin working together and accessing and using health information data, he said, there will be a "tipping point" in the next year or two, he said.
It might take years for everyone to have unfettered access to data—there may never be one perfect system. But providers and vendors are working to overcome obstacles—from managing change to implementing standards to keeping data secure. That's good news for the 61% of organizations that are starting to investigate their exchange options.
- CFO Exchange: Smartphones Poised to Disrupt Healthcare, Says Topol
- CNO on Hospital Redesign: 'You Can't Over-Communicate'
- How Digital Strategy Shapes Patient Engagement at Boston Children's Hospital
- Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013
- Consumerism Drives Healthcare Branding, Rebranding Efforts
- PA Ranks See 'Phenomenal Growth,' Lack of Diversity
- 3 Traits Personality Assessments Can't Reveal
- Carondelet to Pay $35M to Settle Fraud Allegations
- Some Cancer Hospitals' Quality Data Will Soon Be Public
- Antibiotic Overuse a 'Huge Threat' to Patient Safety, Says CDC