HIE as a verb (moving things) has been both helped and hampered by government support and well intentioned privacy and security concerns driving the complexity of discussions and solutions. Many of these challenges will remain as roadblocks and may never be resolved to full satisfaction of all stakeholders.
Even with the current push of “HIE” by ONC through its listening tours, highlighting of ROI and even suggesting some services, more simple and practical solutions are taking hold such as CONNECT’s support of DIRECT protocol and Blue Button.
Don’t get us wrong. We believe in data turning into meaningful and insightful information being available wherever they are needed.
Isn’t that what meaningful use is all about? Standards based data collection that is seamlessly connected and improving care, data following patients, and the promise of big data with all the answers.
It is clear for us that “HIE” is getting serious and starting to focus on that elusive business value.
As important as “HIE” may be, it’s still a means to the end.
Thus, we believe this is the right time to say our good bye to “HIE” as a focal point and shift our attention and energy on what HIE and other mechanisms are suppose to enable – the availability of information and using it.
It’s about time that we say hello to interoperability.