Interoperability Advice for the New Administration – AHIC
Posted Dec 02 2008 2:50am
I watched part of the video, not all as it is several hours long and you might want to watch for yourself. The site requires Real Player to view the video. Dr Halamka makes a great presentation and everyone called him “the jet”, thus the title above. In speaking he addresses many topics including interoperability, certification, personal health records, electronic health records, standards, genomics and a fewother issues.
What is being discussed is the hand over to the next administration in all of these efforts of AHIC. Bottom line is it is time to move forward as many of the issues have been accomplished. One item discussed in detail is the PHR, the personal health record. At Beth Israel in Boston under his direction they have implemented many pilot programs with interoperability as well as being the front runners with medical records for patients and including both Google Health the Microsoft HealthVault. Bottom line is we could use some more “jets” in Washington who are ready to take action and get the ball rolling. The hospital is already transmitting records to Social Security and patients can have their records exported to either Google Health or Microsoft HealthVault.
Medical devices working with PHRs, those are out there now with HealthVault so hook up your blood pressure machine or or glucose monitor to the USB connector and record your information, no manual typing needed.
I talk quite a bit about PHRs and will be brief here today, the related reading has more information below both on PHRs, genomics and a few other topics. BD
Be the Jet
“Interoperability Advice for the New Administration As policymakers consider ways to reduce healthcare cost and improve quality, I'm often asked about the current readiness of standards and interoperability. I believe that standards are no longer the rate limiting step. On November 12, I presented an overview of standards readiness to Secretary Leavitt and AHIC. The video isavailable onlineMy presentation begins at 1 hour and 8 minutes. Anyone wanting to view it can just use real player to advance to that point.”