There’s a lot of talk these days about European-style universal health care and what U.S. adoption of something similar would look like. But what happens when European countries implement U.S.-style health information technology?
That’s what Arthur Allen, a health care editor at Politico, uncovers in a two-part series that took him to Denmark and the United Kingdom. Allen was one of four veteran journalists selected for the inaugural 2019 AHCJ International Health Study Fellowship, which provided funding and support for the series. Continue reading
It seems obvious that for physicians to deliver the best care they should have accurate records on each patient’s medical history, including diagnoses, lab results, imaging, medications, surgeries, etc.
But linking electronic patient medical records across institutions and time – called interoperability – requires something that no one seems to have figured out how to do on a large scale: patient matching. Continue reading
At a developer conference hosted at the White House last week, six of the biggest tech companies issued a joint statement in support of health IT interoperability. It’s another sign that tech behemoths are serious about taming the vast and often unmanageable health data ecosystem – and getting their piece of it.
Top federal officials on health information technology outlined their priorities for the sector in a press call this week.
The takeaway was that they would like to see less regulatory burden for providers and help foster information sharing among trusted health care entities. Continue reading
The Cleveland Clinic last month released its list of top 10 medical innovations for 2017. The annual list highlights technology most “expected to have the biggest impacts on the field in the coming year.”
Coming in at number six is something called “Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources,” better known as FHIR (pronounced “fire”), which aims to improve health information interoperability. It is scheduled to be released next year. Continue reading
Health information technology is fundamental to health care moving forward, said multiple speakers at the Journalism Workshop on Health Information Technology in San Francisco on Oct. 13 and 14.
“I view health IT as the circulatory system for health care,” said David Blumenthal, M.D., president of the Commonwealth Fund.
But Blumenthal and others said that now we are “struggling with the process” of realizing the full potential of health IT. Continue reading