Friday, December 06, 2013

Sharing Emergency Healthcare Info Still a Challenge

Guess all the money directed to technology and processes to facilitate the sharing of healthcare data (across providers) has not been enough...   
Cross your fingers for seamless healthcare data transfer in by 2023While online data sharing may be possible within a closed network, linking to those outside the network remains elusive - not real helpful in an emergency situation.  To bring healthcare fully online, seamless transfer is critical.
Dr. Louis Sullivan, a former Health and Human Services Secretary, founded WEDI (Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange) in 1993.  The organization's latest report suggests that the medical system "was close but still not there yet".  The organization's CEO, Devin Jopp, is hopeful that seamless information transfer will be a possibility within 10 years.  Fingers crossed. 

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