Let My Data Go!

Who:  MedCityNews.com

What: Providers are now having trouble with interoperability and conversions of data.The majority of physician offices have implemented EHRs, but they must now communicate with other entities such as HIEs and ACOs. With the increase in mergers and acquisitions, we are also seeing an increased demand for conversions from one system to another. These problems involve a thorough understanding of the underlying data structure as well as a solid foundation in interoperability standards such as LOINC, HL7, SNOMED, and CDA.

The vendors have the expertise to work on the problems for their products, but they are not enthusiastic about helping clients switch off their platform. Selling the EHR has been the primary goal for vendors in the past, not technical support that moves a client away from their product. Vendors are under the assumption that if they make switching off their product difficult, then clients will be less likely to undertake the conversion or integration with a product that is not part of the vendor’s family of products.

Why:  This illustrates the importance of a having a trusted IT consultant or VAR (Value-add reseller) that can represent the interests of your practice, as opposed to those vendors who are just trying to sell you another product.

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