1. The public sector has acknowledged the importance of data sharing.
One of the biggest announcements at HIMSS came from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which pledged to share more data between federal departments and the public. HHS has not only committed to open up data sharing between its departments and agencies, but they’ve also begun to form private-public partnerships to encourage data use. This announcement at HIMSS demonstrates the government’s acknowledgement of data sharing as a critical component that drives better health outcomes.
2. Healthcare organizations are putting the idea into action – but security is still a concern.
In the private sector, healthcare organizations are already bringing the concept of data sharing to fruition. The “post-EHR” era is here. We’ve embraced an environment of innovative technologies like IoT, biometrics, augmented reality, AI and more. For all of these emerging solutions, data remains at the core. Having the ability to capture, secure, share and apply both clinical and business information drives innovation at the system level to improve clinical and financial outcomes. Health leaders are striving for better information sharing through digital avenues, and they are highly focused on the security concerns this can spur.