by Kathleen Kimmel, RN, MHA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, HIMSS Board Member, and Chief Nursing Officer, MedeAnalytics
Riding in the elevator down to the Connectathon in the Hyatt Regency in Chicago this morning, my fellow passenger was telling me that he had been to several Connectathons and was eager to start the day’s testing. Talking with volunteers this morning, including Deb Gory, a student volunteer from the University of Illinois, Chicago, there were high levels of enthusiasm for ensuring that attendees would be supported in their efforts.
The Connectathon floor exudes a concentrated intensity, as attendees and volunteers work side-by-side to solve complex interoperability scenarios. A first time attendee, Jason Gwizdala, said that his team was working on XDS.B interfaces to support registry data.
As a nurse, I tend to keep a patient-focused perspective.
For patients, interoperability means their data from many information systems can be accessed by other systems regardless of diverse technical platforms.
While we often hear how healthcare information systems lag behind other industries with respect to interoperability, it is truly inspiring to see firsthand some of the best and the brightest programmers, engineers, system architects and others from over 100 US and global companies working together with the shared commitment to achieving the vision of interoperability.
With the level of energy and enthusiasm seen here today, the shared goal of interoperability is definitely making great strides forward.