We spoke with colleagues from across the country to understand what caused their biggest challenges on interoperability projects. Initially, larger issues such as project funding, governance, procurement, naturally came up. But when pressed if there was anything they could have done to prevent those issues, most people said no. Looking at the other issues they … Continue reading Lessons Learned: 5 Questions You Need to Ask in any Interoperability Project
If you went to HIMSS this year one thing was abundantly clear – FHIR was everywhere. HL7’s latest draft standard is rising up the hype curve quickly. As more US based vendors invest in FHIR based data exchanges, Canada needs to understand how those investments will translate into new capabilities and what we need to … Continue reading Will FHIR Jump the Border?
Throughout the 80s and 90s, people like Steven Huesing – the founder of this magazine – worked tirelessly to advocate for the need for interoperable systems to provide clinicians with the information they need. I’ve always felt humbled by the industry luminaries that came before me who had the foresight, passion and knowledge to recognize … Continue reading Staying Focused While Tackling Complexity
Governance bodies that approve interoperability standards have struggled with a chicken and egg dilemma for years. Which should come first, the review and approval of a standard prior to having it implemented in systems; or proof of successful implementation followed by review and approval? I’ve observed this tension for the past decade in everything from … Continue reading Implement, Iterate, Approve
The old saying “Where there’s smoke there’s fire” is true for HL7’s newest draft standard: Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). FHIR – pronounced “fire”– is climbing the Gartner Hype Curve and it’s time for governments and vendors to pay attention. It’s been almost 2 years since we first published the article announcing the development of … Continue reading Where There’s Smoke… There’s FHIR