- Value includes costs and benefits: Value cannot be found through cost analysis alone, the report's authors say. While costs are important, they do not reveal what the health benefit to patients may be nor do they assess the potential benefits of the technology or system. Studies must be sure to measure both, they say.
FHIR builds on existing HL7 interoperability standards, including the Version 2, Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) and Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) standards. While the new interoperability standard includes both the messaging and document paradigms found in previous versions, it has a much more flexible architecture, allowing organizations to exchange more meaningful and targeted information across a variety of architectures, such as REST or SOA. For example, instead of only sharing messages or finite documents, such as the continuity of care document (CCD), FHIR allows users to interact with clinical data — searching, reading and updating it as well as sharing it with outside entities. Because of this flexibility and scalability, FHIR has the potential to chip away at interoperability barriers more than any other interoperability standard to date.
Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media , January 27, 2015
Teams selected to enter the NIH's Neuro Startup Challenge are required to "look like successful startups" and are "rigorously evaluated" on criteria that VCs, foundations, and others would use to provide funding, says the model's designer.
- Equipment requirements: Using analytics from the EHR, a care coordinator can create a preliminary checklist of the equipment a patient may need. In addition, a digital ordering program would be beneficial to directly connect with a distributor and ensure the product is available, and to check that it's delivered. In addition, patients are embracing digital health tools, and are even looking for providers who offer them, according to a recent survey.
- Making it all about IT: While technology in healthcare is incredibly important, its is a means to an end, Miller writes. Healthcare is about helping people live better, healthier lives, not about the technology.