This spring has offered the health IT community many opportunities to chat about interoperability and consider the path forward. Clearly, the push towards interoperability is top of mind in our national dialogue. The ONC Interoperability Roadmap, the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria proposed rule, and the Standards Advisory are among the many resources that have been published for review and comment. In response, a great deal of thought leadership, and just plain hard work, is going into the analysis – and it’s time we take action on our collective vision.
HIMSS is committed to moving the interoperability solution forward, and has been working to that end for decades. And, together with our members and collaborators, we have made numerous advances by influencing policy, developing technical infrastructure, educating health IT professionals, building communities and demonstrating both current and future state-of-the-art information exchange capabilities. Our motivation is that true interoperability will help us realize the goal of having health information available for decision-making at the point of care, thus leading to better health.
Today a new program, ConCert by HIMSS™, has launched to ensure that interoperable solutions are trustworthy and readily available in the marketplace so that healthcare providers can give, and individuals can receive, the best care they deserve. ConCert by HIMSS tests and certifies electronic health record (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE) and health information services provider (HISP) vendors committed to advancing interoperability and enabling secure, reliable exchange of data within and across organizational and state boundaries.
ConCert by HIMSS offers a one-of-a-kind, vendor-independent seal of approval for health information systems, designed to help provider organizations objectively evaluate solutions and their true impact on their organization over the short and long-term. This comprehensive program reduces the need for costly custom interfaces, and is backed by trusted names including the EHR|HIE Interoperability Workgroup (IWG), IHE USA and ICSA Labs, the certification body.
And as we evolve to a nationwide interoperability roadmap, we will be better equipped to share in the vision of a trusted environment for collecting, sharing and using electronic health information. Sealing that vision with certified, interoperable solutions that deliver on the promise will take us a long way down that path.
Joyce Sensmeier MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN is Vice President of Informatics at HIMSS, and president, IHE USA.