November 25, 2015

Why ONC’s interoperability timeline makes sense

On October 6, The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released its long-awaited 10-year roadmap for health data interoperability. For some observers and pundits outside the health IT sector, that may seem like too long to wait. As a vendor who has been fighting the interoperability battle for eight years so far, it sounds about right.

When I first started out in the imaging interoperability business, it was partly out of frustration that my mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, was subjected to repeat radiology scans because providers within a few miles of each other in Boston could not share their images with one another. I quickly realized that no patient, particularly patients with dementia, should be subjected to that.

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