It’s important that interoperability is challenged on a global scale and in the form of actually tested systems rather than standards on paper. The IHE standards initiative, with its profiling and attached testing activities (Connectathon, Conformity Assessment), is filling exactly this gap and is covering the last mile from the base standards (HL7 CDA, FHIR, DICOM, SNOMED, …) to “real” interoperable systems, which are ready to be bought off the shelf. Today’s question is not “how” you can do it, today’s question is how you can do it in the “most sustainable and cost effective” way!
2019 will be a pivotal year for digital health. If we want investment into the industry to continue to grow, then we need to abide by the rules of the road. In healthcare, the rule is that solutions don’t scale without evidence. Neil Patel, President, Healthbox and Executive Vice President, HIMSS USA gives his thoughts on the need for digital health solutions to scale and provide more tangible outcomes in order to be part of mainstream healthcare delivery.