By Gary Palgon, VP Healthcare Solutions, Liaison Healthcare Informatics
What a surprise to see that the HIMSS 2012 HIE Symposia was a sold-out event with more than 350 people attending to the tune of “standing-room only.” The day’s theme, “HIE: The Next Generation and Beyond”, was not only about the future of HIEs, but also covered the difficulties they have endured as the search for a sustainable model continues.
Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, director, Office of Standards and Interoperability, Office of the National Controller, reminded us at the start, “Interoperability is a journey, not a destination!” And it seemed pretty consistent throughout the day that connectivity and interoperability continues to be a huge barrier to success, which affects the HIEs themselves and all connected entities, including large and small participants. Data aggregation, transformation and translation were the three “HIE keys to success” mentioned by James Daniel, Public Health Coordinator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a solution to the interoperability problem.
It’s a tall mountain to climb, but it was truly apparent throughout the day that there were a lot of smart people in that room alone working toward making it to the summit of interoperability.
If you’re at HIMSS this week, swing on by the Liaison Healthcare booth, #2375. I’d like to chat more about HIEs with you.