By Keith J. Figlioli, senior vice president of Healthcare Informatics, Premier and member of the HIT Steering Committee
The Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) draft interoperability road map represents a leap forward in the evolution of health information technology (HIT).
With this road map, members of Premier remain hopeful that we will finally create strong policies that incent open source infrastructure and application programming interfaces (APIs) to enable new applications that healthcare providers desperately need. With interoperability standards, providers will be in a much better position to manage population health across the care continuum and support the Department of Health and Human Services’s (HHS’s) new initiative to transition away from fee-for-service in favor of shared savings and bundled payment. This is an essential step to optimize HIT investments, improve the quality of care across settings and avoid the cost burdens associated with the work around solutions that are needed today for systems to “talk” to one another.
We appreciate the leadership of Karen DeSalvo, M.D., national coordinator for health IT, and the ONC for their work on this issue, and we look forward to working in a bipartisan way to advance interoperability and open standards as core components of a 21st century HIT infrastructure.
— Keith J. Figlioli, senior vice president of Healthcare Informatics, Premier and member of the HIT Steering Committee