6 Reasons We Must Embrace Healthcare InteroperabilityFor those of you who caught the first piece in our Healthcare Interoperability series, you’re probably already buzzing with ideas about a truly interoperable system, one that could create completely new avenues in medicine and patient care. From cutting costs and reducing invoices, to avoiding errors and providing patients with better quality care, interoperability is pivotal to the future of healthcare. This story from Rich Piper, an IT director caring for his sick mother, demonstrates the value of interoperability. He and his mother dealt with repeated paper intake forms and unneeded waiting times during basic treatment for her sciatic nerve pain.
“The repetition in paperwork, the hurry up and wait game, the lack of communication … The entire ordeal was disheartening,” writes Piper. “I think the hardest part was seeing my mom in so much pain. Even more frustrating is that I work in health IT, and I know that technology exists that can help solve these problems.”As an industry, we have been working on healthcare interoperability for a long time. It is absolutely an iterative process, and at EnsoData, we don’t believe the healthcare industry as a whole is where it needs to be at this time. Too many people count on the healthcare system, and unfortunately, it’s failed the general public too often. Let’s make true healthcare interoperability a priority, because the public is counting on it. With that said, let’s dive into a few of the more valuable benefits to a fully interoperable system.