Electronic Tower of Babel II

“Friday, July 30, 2010: When the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments began testing health information sharing for their joint virtual lifetime electronic record (VLER) project, they could not initially exchange patient data successfully using the very standards specified by the Office of the National Coordinator for health record formatting. …

“Dr. Doug Fridsma, acting director of ONC’s standards and interoperability office, used the experience of VA and DOD as an example of the trickiness of getting standards right so healthcare providers can exchange health information properly. C32 is among the requirements of ONC’s recent final rule on standards and certification of electronic health records (EHRs).” Government Health IT http://govhealthit.com/newsitem.aspx?nid=74346

Two agencies of the Federal Government encounter the electronic Tower of Babel. Can 200+ vendors who are focused on individual healthcare providers with little or no financial incentive to deal with the networking of data beyond insurance do it better?

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