Tech giants Apple, Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce recently reaffirmed a commitment to interoperability when it comes to US health data. The companies aimed to promote the present standards of data-sharing by developing approved tools that make it easier for healthcare organizations and patients to access and share their health data.
The organizations also showed their support to proposed rules from the Office of the National
Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The rules emphasized on the use of HL7’s (Health Level Seven International) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to standardize the exchange of healthcare information
electronically. In their renewed pledge, the companies claimed that often patients’ data is “inconsistently formatted, incomplete, unavailable, or missing – which can limit access to the best possible care”. As such, the companies believe “better interoperability will unlock improvements in individual and population-level care coordination, delivery and management”.