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Interoperability is lighting up the future of healthcare

August 1, 2019 By Jerry Rankin

In a previous blog, I covered the current state of interoperability, information that was also shared during a recent Infor-sponsored webinar, where the experts at Forrester and Healthcare Innovation laid out the connectivity landscape. I encourage you to watch it.

The short story of today’s healthcare climate is that we continue to spend massive amounts on healthcare in in this country, while outcomes are not meeting expectations. Forrester found that on top of care being expensive, it is far from a get-what-you-pay scenario. Most people are not happy with their healthcare experience. And they are feeling the financial pinch, too, reporting $88 billion in loans to pay for healthcare in 2018.

The reasons for these challenges are complex, but the solutions don’t need to be. As we continue to invest in true interoperability across the industry–and within the places where patients are being treated–we can create positive impacts on both bottom-line operations and patient care. That’s fulfilling the true promise of the Triple Aim.

And we are seeing some exciting movement in that direction, some market driven, some efforts by the federal government. In any case, all eyes are on true interoperability and data sharing as the future of healthcare, and Infor is on track to be a big part of that.

For example, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) mandated that FHIR API be a required connectivity vehicle in 2019. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) services followed suit, mandating payers begin providing electronic access to member claims and provider directory data. CMS is also requiring Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, CHIP, and QHP insurers to participate in HIE exchanges and Medicare-participating health systems to send ADT notifications to PCPs and other care team members at transitions of care.

What’s more, players like United Health Group anticipate shifting $75 billion of its payments to care providers tied to value-based care relationships by 2020. It’s worth noting that two times as many physicians who participated in value-based care were much more likely to electronically send and receive patient health information.

Put simply, the future of healthcare is the democratization of patient data that can be easily exchanged and shared across providers to create a true interoperability ecosystem. That future is now, as Infor continues to work to be at the forefront of this effort, with consistent innovations to Infor Cloverleaf, Infor Cloverleaf API Gateway, Infor FHIR Bridge, and Infor Cloverleaf Consolidator and a host of other connectivity solutions.

- Jerry Rankin, Strategy Director, Healthcare Interoperability

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