Monday, October 6, 2008

Interoperability, EU Style

Seriously, is anyone in the US paying attention?

Twelve countries. Three years. Internationally-accessible personal health records. Wow.


Gerard Szatvanyi said...

This is a very interesting issue. Actually, Gartner analysts predict that, by 2009, healthcare investments in IT will increase by more than 50 percent, which could enable clinicians to reduce the level of preventable deaths by 50 percent by 2013. Of course, nowadays most healthcare organizations have already invested in IT outsourcing, for anything from Telco and Wireless, to Application Data Development (i.e. LIMS, SOA), or even Business Process Management.
We’ve put together a detailed white paper on these subjects: . What is your experience with IT outsourcing in healthcare? Are these figures close to your personal experience or do you think there are certain issues we’ve missed covering? I strongly appreciate your professional opinions.

Tim Cook said...

The epSOS project is a step in the right direction. They are however (from my understanding) wavering on whether to mandate the use of the ISO 13606 (a variant of openEHR) specifications for a formal information model. Some of the chatter indicates that they are headed the way of the US. When will everyone realize that Albert Einstein was dead on when he said; "Keep everything as simple as possible, but no simpler."? We seem to be forgetting the second half of that quote and the healthcare IT world keeps going around in circles.


I participate in the project epSOS and I do not think that is directed toward 13,606, among other reasons because this rule NOBODY THE USED.

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