Jon Fox, MD and Founder of HealthApp Connect sent me a great message:
We already have a great free HIE and it’s called the internet
He makes an interesting point. Reinforces why I called for hospital CIO’s to start making interoperability a reality as opposed to just talking about it. The technology and connectivity is there. Every hospital is connected to the internet and therefore already connected to every hospital out there. That simplifies the issues, but enough people are overcomplicating what needs to happen. Maybe we need some more people in healthcare willing to look at interoperability more simply.