The most progressive healthcare organizations are implementing a new vision – using information and events occurring in the course of care to recognize trends and patterns, and to act upon them immediately. They are able to influence outcomes rather than to react to them after they occur. It’s what we call Event-Driven Healthcare. But none of this is possible without the cornerstone of integration and interoperability.
Integration is Job One
The importance of integration in healthcare is nothing new. Dr. David J. Brailer, MD, PhD, a former United States public health official, perhaps best known as the first “health information czar”, summarized it this way in 2004:
“Unless interoperability is achieved, physicians will still defer IT investments, potential clinical and economic benefits won’t be realized, and we will not move closer to badly needed healthcare reform in the US.”
Some healthcare organizations are clearly at the forefront of this sea change. Take for example University of Chicago Medicine or Vanderbilt University Medical Center which are advancing the way clinical decision support is used for improving outcomes. [Read more...]