As regular readers know, I feel rather strongly about the power of information. As a data geek, a high tech innovation freak, and a fan of improving health and care, I want the power of data to be set free.
In health IT, that means exchanging data between systems – because if it’s locked up in one system, nobody else can add value to it. And at the point where it might save a life, it might not be there.
And when that’s you, or your daughter, or your mother, or even some male relative, that could make all the difference in the world.
You think video killed the radio star? In my career in industry, I lived through disruptive innovation, when desktop publishing killed typesetting. I know what power there is when data gets lose and innovators can add value to it. We need that in medicine. And that’s interoperability.
That’s what I’ll be talking about at 4:00 pm Monday in the Interoperability Showcase Theater, at the big HIMSS (health IT) conference in New Orleans next week. If you’re a data geek, or if anyone you know consumes medical services, this issue is important to you. Come give it up for interop – to let my data go!