In a recent blog post on the Rise and the Fall of the EHR, Datica co-founder Travis Good, MD mentioned how EHR vendors are promoting FHIR as a way to allow open access to EHR data. In this guide, we’ll review what FHIR enables in health systems, not from a technology perspective, but from an operational improvement perspective.
At Datica, we often focus on the problem that we solve to stay true to our focus and identity when making strategic decisions. Many of our employees have decades of experience in enterprise EHR implementations and they often say that in their EHR implementation days no one asked them, “What problem do you solve?” If you were to ask an EHR vendor this question a number of years ago, they might say they digitize paper health records to improve accessibility of information. EHRs have met their goal and the patients’ healthcare data is centrally stored and can be viewed across disciplines in an organization.
Today, we realize that those EHR implementations were laying the information technology groundwork that would become the fabric of a healthcare transformation movement. As Good wrote in his post, the EHR and data consolidation are just the first steps in organizational transformation.