Widespread change is coming,” says Sandra Vance, the senior director of interoperability initiatives for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). “What we are striving for is system-agnostic health information exchange—and that is becoming more and more possible, as the specifications become more clear for developers and [standards] adoption grows.”
In fact, HIMSS recently introduced an interoperability testing and certification program for EHRs, HIEs and HISPs calledConCert by HIMSS™. To be certified, a product must prove it can exchange health information using standards-based implementation guides that make the product capable of supporting communication between systems. Vance believes this will take the guesswork out of EHR selection for practitioners.