Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review – August 2, 2017 – Jon Elwell, CEO of Kno2, shares his thoughts on three essentials to achieve true interoperability.  One may not intuitively jump to comparing true interoperability to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, but when dealing with a big word like “Interoperability” sometimes it’s better to approach it through a more simplistic lens.

Without the basic needs, like food, water and shelter…none of the rest really matters.  When considering healthcare interoperability, Elwell explains his view of three fundamental needs – a network that is readily available to connect every provider to every other provider; security protocols that represent a network that can be trusted; and a national directory that allows providers to find one another.

When these are present, true interoperability is achievable and will improve care quality and health outcomes as providers transition to value-based care.

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Essential Needs to Achieve True Interoperability