Increasing Healthcare Interoperability Means Tackling Corporate Responsibility And Transparency


Matthew Michela

Between the contentious election for president and a global pandemic, there is an issue that, in a normal year, would have lit up headlines but has gone unnoticed by everyone but healthcare insiders. And that is the issue of patient data privacy. With the movement toward greater data interoperability, how we culturally perceive and handle healthcare privacy and patient data must be addressed with the upcoming regulatory changes in 2021.

The barriers in place to hinder data sharing are not lost on those in healthcare and healthcare technology. Incompatible, proprietary technologies, along with entrenched competitiveness and misaligned incentives, create an environment that keeps important patient data locked in silos. The Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC), the federal agency at the helm of health IT, finalized...

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