Healthcare players are actively blocking data sharing Note from Publisher of BGP: We appreciate this article and as a member of the Board of Governors of a Hospital for Children (Shrine Children's Hospital), we know how valuable the new regulations about keeping records and medical people sharing these records in national data bases. This is not for legal action, or for marketing, it is to establish a huge pool that can be used for research to save millions of lives. But, a few big hospitals and medical industry groups still block, or drag their feet, and are not contributing data per the law. Read this article and encourage your local hospitals and medical service providers to obey the law on this. A few unhappy campers in the industry wish to keep all of their information private so patients will not be able to easily go to other providers. The mass sharing of data will provide multiple ways to improve healthcare, control costs, and assist doctors in seeing what treatments are effective, and those that are ineffective. It will make our medical system better and more efficient. In the past in the USA, some medical providers, who discovered a very effective treatment or cure, would "hoard" that information and use it as a marketing tool for their hospital, drug, or treatment. Now we know, that "transparency" is profitable for the entire industry and patients and consumers with in a transparent and sharing system. Yet, there are always a few who are still locked in those "old ways". This is a political issue as long as wealthy medical providers pressure their politicians to allow them to continue to avoid participation in this health care law. Health IT vendors slammed for hampering the exchange of patient data
A panel of industry experts at the HIMSS conference agreed that interoperability between EMR systems is not a technical problem, but one of willingness of vendors and institutions to share. L-R: Cris Ross, CIO, Mayo Clinic; Venk Reddy, senior director of Connected Health at Walgreens; Shahid Shah, CEO of Netspective Communications; Tom Skelton, CEO Surescripts.
By Lucas Mearian