overcoming barriers to interoperability
June 10, 2019

Overcoming Barriers to Interoperability and Patient Data Ownership

In a recent podcast, Matthew Michela, CEO and president of Life Image, a global network for sharing clinical and imaging data powered by industry leading interoperability standards, discusses the barriers of innovating interoperability and the value of giving patients control over their own health data.

Listen to the podcast here. Read an excerpt, published in First Report Managed Care here.

Podcast Transcript:

I’m Matthew Michela. I’m the president and CEO of Life Image.

My background, over the last three decades I’ve worked and I’m experienced in the payer world, focusing on insurance and risk management, reimbursement, and financing. In the provider world, really supporting the delivery of healthcare services at the physician practice level.

In technology, focused on automating solutions and accelerating the application of healthcare decisions by physicians and patients in chronic care and disease management, organizing healthcare services for very ill people and populations.

And then in broader population health, trying to provide systematic public policy and population‑based solutions in healthcare that really affect healthcare quality.

Now, I’m leading Life Image, which is working hard to solve the problems with accessing healthcare data, and the challenges which folks in the industry would reference as interoperability.

What patients would normally see and hear as breaking down these healthcare data silos that patients can receive the best care and the healthcare system itself can reduce waste in the medical spend.

At Life Image, we’re a company that has spent really more than the last decade focused on improving interoperability. We began with the field of medical imaging itself, which is a chronically difficult area to access information other than on CDs and what used to be, unfortunately, actual film itself.

Now today we really orchestrate the flow of all types of clinical information to help care teams across really the broad healthcare ecosystem to make better clinical decisions, from the point of view of providing better care for the patients themselves.

At Life Image, we’ve got the largest global network for clinical information sharing. Today, it’s about 10,000 hospitals and medical facilities that use Life Image to move medical information around in the United States, and another roughly 60,000 hospitals, clinics, and facilities around the globe.

We’re today providing service to on average between 10 and 12 million unique patients a month throughout Life Image, with a wide variety of services we’re providing them for their clinical needs.


Access the complete transcript published by Population Health Learning Network,Integrated Health Executiveon June 10, 2019.