API's Statement on Interoperability
“Interoperability is a critical goal of digitizing medical records, and the recent position by a large EMR vendor puts that goal in jeopardy.
As the Association for Pathology Informatics (API), we argue that the benefits of going digital are lost without interoperability, not only in sharing medical records across vast geographies, but also in building smarter decision support and surveillance tools. In fact, until recently, interoperability has been put into the blueprints of Stage 2 Meaningful Use in creating interoperability. Furthermore despite the opposition by this EMR vendor, other healthcare stakeholders are in support the HHS effort for interoperability. https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/ehrs/epic-cerner-4-more-health-it-stakeholders-react-to-hhs-interoperability-rule.html
Privacy is an important consideration; however, we feel that moving forward with interoperability while maintaining privacy and proper stewardship at the same time are workable problems given today’s technology.The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an important source of technological requirements for securing information.
In conclusion, we encourage vendors who are wary of HHS data sharing regulations to consider using NIST guidelines to identify secure technologies that can be used to achieve interoperability while maintaining patient confidentiality. We also encourage these vendors to seek the help of organizations like the API, which can guide building data sharing pipelines that ensure privacy and proper stewardship.“