The Interoperability Showcase at the 2014 HIMSS Conference in Orlando drew more than 8,000 visitors who observed various vignettes of standards-based interoperable clinical workflows. Were you one of the 8,000?
One of the goals of the exhibit was to demonstrate how data flows in the patients’ journey through the healthcare system and how easy access to complete patient records could help enhance patient care, clinical workflows, clinical decision making, and most importantly, patient outcomes. It’s no wonder the exhibit was so popular, as it dramatically displayed the full benefits of electronic Health Information Exchange and the progress the industry is making.
From my vantage point within the GE Healthcare booth—and as I ventured out from the booth to walk the HIMSS floor—it was evident that healthcare IT is making significant contributions to enhancing quality of care. However, with all of the systems, software, and technologies on display, I was reminded again of the significance of interoperability, given its importance for helping to drive positive clinical outcomes, not to mention Stage2 Meaningful Use initiatives.
One of our most important priorities is to seamlessly connect data between EMRs and other healthcare IT systems while ensuring we meet the specific workflow needs of the providers in each care area to do their mission-critical work. We often hear that a ‘one size fits all’ system does not work equally well for all, so interoperability is a must. It’s energizing to be a part of the efforts underway within GE Healthcare to connect information silos and enable clinical collaboration to optimize productivity and patient care. We’re helping our customers connect their EMR of choice with software developed for specialty workflows like maternal-infant care, cardiology, and high acuity to make vital clinical data available when and where it is needed.
And, I’m happy to say, our commitment does not stop here. We’re making a significant, long-term investment in our Interoperability Center of Excellence. Our interoperability experts are focused on identifying and developing standards, guiding future product development, enabling deployment and support, and testing and certifying innovative solutions that better serve the needs of both clinicians and IT leaders. We are also actively collaborating in the leading industry standards organizations and promoting these standards globally.*
As I spoke to visitors in our booth and continued to explore the HIMSS exhibition, I was excited to be a part of the healthcare industry, the technology breakthroughs to come, and our role in bringing them all together to help drive positive outcomes at the point of care.
*Any descriptions of future functionality reflect current product direction, are for informational purposes only and do not constitute a commitment to provide specific functionality. Timing and availability are subject to change and applicable regulatory approvals.