As organizations ponder complying with HHS proposed interoperability rules, they should take these steps to realize greater healthcare interoperability, advised a new Deloitte Insights article.
As organizations ponder complying with HHS proposed interoperability rules, they should consider moving beyond regulatory requirements to realize greater healthcare interoperability, advised a new Deloitte Insights article.
“Implementing a strategic interoperability plan can position health plans and health systems to gain insights and opportunities to provide more effective care, reduce inefficiencies, meet consumers’ demands, and better enable the organization to compete effectively in the future,” the article noted.
To guage healthcare organizations views on the proposed interoperability rules by CMS and ONC, Deloitte conducted a survey of 70 IT leaders at health plans and health systems about their attitudes toward interoperability.
Sixty-three percent of the health plan respondents and 43 percent of the health plan respondents said they would use compliance as a component in their broader interoperability strategy.
In addition, 60 percent of health plans and 55 percent of health systems said they are planning to go beyond what vendors provider for their application programming interface solutions.
“Overall, many respondents said they are using the proposed rules as a foundation for their broader strategic interoperability initiatives. Moreover, many believe they will have to go beyond what their vendors provide to achieve that strategic aspiration,” Deloitte observed.
Deloitte recommended that organizations that want to go behind regulatory interoperability requirements take the following steps:
1) Define the organization’s broader strategy
- Define the interoperability vision for the organization
- Establish an initial interoperability governance structure
- Perform a market scan
- Develop a business case and key benefits
- Develop high-value use cases such as enhanced case management and/or improved consumer and patient engagement
2) Define the designed future state and compare it with current capabilities
- Assess current inoperability capabilities and define the desired future state
- Conduct a gap analysis between current and future state
- Develop an external engagement plan
- Evaluate overall consent and risk management strategies for data use
3) Develop an execution roadmap
- Prioritize initiatives and a roadmap to achieve HHS compliance by the proposed January 1, 2020, deadline
- Identify longer-term goals around data exchange, digital tool adoption, and enhanced consumer engagement
- Assign high priority to the must-do/critical capabilities
“Healthcare organizations that fail to see beyond compliance deadlines and realize the greater strategic value of interoperability and data could risk falling behind,” the article concluded.
Date: September 02, 2019
Source: Hit Infrastructure