300 EHR Vendors and the Challenge of Interoperability

Posted on July 14, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

@GrandRounds4ODs posted an interesting tweet that caught my eye.

The tweet links to his blog post where he talks about the challenge of so many EHR vendors, overcoming a legacy model of building closed systems and the challenge of interoperability.

Here’s the money paragraph for me:

In a business sense, there is absolutely no business rationale to write software that cooperates with a competitor. Governmental regulations can “force” or “compel” interoperability, but if done with resentment, there will never be true information sharing.

I wonder what @GrandRounds4ODs thinks about the post I did on EMR and HIPAA about EMR Consolidation (or lack thereof).