Mon, 03/11/2019

At HIMSS, CMS and ONC announced proposed rules on data sharing, data blocking, and APIs. These extensive guidelines intend to encourage use of application programming interfaces via FHIR which will speed up how patients can access information via mobile devices. The hope is that patient-oriented apps will be developed, empowering individuals to control their healthcare data, ultimately making their choice of providers more portable.

Additionally, CMS pointed out other data challenges not reflected in these rules:

  • Improved mastering of patient records to create golden patient records
  • Increased capacity to push cleansed, accurate information back to source systems

Interestingly enough, these challenges link directly to Master Data Management (MDM). Plus, CMS is confirming something that many have known all along: creating a mastered patient record in a leading EHR system is just not enough for today’s enterprise.

This isn’t the only deficiency. Not mentioned are mastering physician data and harmonizing data with millions of codes and value sets used in the industry. Combined, this reinforces the need for healthcare organizations to invest in an enterprise data strategy and platform. However, headlines touting data sharing openness will not solve their data problems. Education is essential for healthcare executives to see the urgency of an enterprise data strategy that can take on these MDM challenges.

To corroborate the findings above, Damo Consulting recently conducted an interesting survey of healthcare executives. One of their findings juxtaposed healthcare’s need for an enterprise data strategy with their taste for siloed data solutions. Nearly 80% of those surveyed noted the need for accelerating digital health initiatives was their number one priority and at the same time realized that data silos are the biggest challenge to that acceleration. Just another case for development of an enterprise data strategy.

For more on this topic, join us for our on-demand webcast as we discuss these announcements and how our software is uniquely qualified to provide the enterprise data management platform healthcare organizations will need as they transform delivery around a digital experience.