Interoperability without Data Quality: A FHIR Storm

This white paper was co-authored by Michael Barr, MD, President of MEDIS, and former NCQA Chief Information Officer Rick Moore, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of MTC Group, LLC.

Payer and provider needs for high-quality clinical data are growing. At the same, there’s been an increase in calls for standards and infrastructure to share and use clinical data among the many healthcare stakeholders. Current efforts focus on interoperability and shoring up the infrastructure so that patients can easily access their own information and so that newer standards such as Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) provide the guidelines needed for the electronic exchange of that information.

However, despite the many efforts of many organizations, most clinical data is not useful beyond the local/direct care institutions in which it is generated. There are five key challenges that confront providers and payers as they work to cost-effectively collect high-quality clinical data, gain insights from that data, and share it between stakeholders outside of those local/direct care institutions.

The five key factors contributing to these challenges are:

  1. The scale of healthcare operations
  2. Complexity of workflow
  3. Variation in data sources and types
  4. Disorder of data fields and formats
  5. Friction of use case demand

Download Interoperability without Data Quality: a FHIR Storm to read more about how these key factors are creating the perfect storm for interoperability and high-quality clinical data. Complete the form below to access the whitepaper.

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