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CHIME chairwoman promotes interoperability standards in healthcare

PHOENIX -- Liz Johnson, CHIME chairwoman for 2017, is bullish on interoperability standards in healthcare.

In this video recorded at the CHIME16 Fall CIO Forum, Johnson -- whose day job is CIO of acute care hospitals and applied clinical informatics at Tenet Healthcare Corporation -- says interoperability standards in healthcare are already here, but must evolve more.

"We know that we have standards, but they need to be expanded upon," Johnson says in the video.

Johnson says that the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the influential health IT CIO group, looks forward in 2017 to working with federal lawmakers and officials to promote interoperability standards in healthcare so health data can move more freely.

We know that we have standards, but they need to be expanded upon.
Liz JohnsonChairwoman of CHIME

"We want to continue to focus on that, that our patients have access to data, that our clinicians have access to data," Johnson says.

When both sides have access, "we can actually do an exchange back and forth," she adds.

Johnson maintains in the video that interoperability standards in healthcare currently allow providers of both acute and ambulatory care to routinely exchange health information with other providers.

"But what we want is a more universal way of doing that," she says.

Beyond interoperability, Johnson says health IT is at an important junction at which healthcare organizations have digitized so much patient health data that they can now effectively use it to significantly improve care.

"We can take that data and drive outcomes," Johnson says. "Huge."

Johnson also notes that there's a "disconnect" between meaningful use for hospital providers and MACRA for doctors.

Those two quality measurement and Medicare reimbursement programs should be merged, she says.

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