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Top trends include Health IT Interoperability
Like nearly everything else today, your medical records — from hospital stays and doctor visits to prescriptions and lab results are stored in Electronic Health Record systems (EHRs) which let healthcare providers have access to your records to provide better care. But what happens when the coding system used by one hosptial for a Heart Attack at hospital A is called a myocardial infarction, while at hospital B it is called a Cardiac Arrest? It sounds trivial right? The computers do not know they are the same thing. So now take this issue and multiply it by a million different medical terms and you have a real problem!
This is an issue that J P Systems' has been tackling for over a decade. “When two providers can’t exchange information effectively it could cause patient safety issues” says Jackie Mulrooney, the president of J P Systems, Inc., a Healthcare Information Technology firm. “The interoperability of systems is a problem not just nationally, but worldwide.” Since 1998 the company has focused on electronic patient records, health care standards and data architecture for Healthcare IT.
In September 2015, J P Systems was awarded a five year US Department of Veterans Affairs contract with a $100 million ceiling, to support terminology standardization efforts. “It is for Healthcare IT data standards, which is our company’s niche. That’s the biggest problem in healthcare today. The incompatibilities exist on a very low level of the information. Over the last 35 years, medical concepts have been assigned different codes in different systems. These codes exist in the data files and their meanings do not. That is why electronic data exchange is so very difficult. There are other issues with EHRs, too. “If organizations have different missions, they’ll collect and store slightly different levels of details” she said. “A cancer center will collect and store different details for a patient than a General Practitioner at a local clinic. The goal is to get the clinial data to map to international standards so that patient data can be exchanged in an accurate way. The best clinical decisions are made based on accurate, up-to-date, and complete information.”
What is an API and what does this mean for the future of Healthcare IT communities?
There is a lot of confusion about what an API is. When we surveyed the web, we found a lot of articles but not many gave clear explanations understandable to a non-techncial person. That is why Lisa and Jackie put their heads together and wrote an article for you.
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