None of which is to say we should despair of striving for healthcare IT interoperability. I am pleased that West Health Institute and the Gary and Mary West Foundation have formed the Center for Medical Interoperability to drive this cause.
"We've got real people hired into these jobs, many with very deep technical chops to try to push us, because we do see this as a bit of a campaign. It's not going to be over at one meeting or with one paper," Smith said. The list of participating health systems has yet to be released, and time will tell how successful this new center will be.
One thing, however, is pretty ironic about the ONC's participation in this new interoperability push. Not only did ONC deliberately pull away from issuing specific guidance of its own on health IT interoperability in 2013, it also could be argued that the meaningful use program which so far has funded $22 billion of HIT technology in the U.S. is partly responsible for our current tower of IT babel.