We had the pleasure of exhibiting at Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference 2018 or HIMSS 2018 as it’s known. InnoCare was selected by the Ministry of International Trade as one of eight companies to showcase Canadian healthcare technology at HIMSS 2018. It was an honour and a privilege to be a part of an event that draws over 40,000 industry professionals from around the world. So of all the exhibits, keynote speeches, and meetings we attended, what was the fundamental takeaway from HIMSS 2018? Interoperability.
What is Interoperability?
Put simply, interoperability (pronounced in(t)ərˌäp(ə)rəˈbilədē) is the ability of a product, software, or system to integrate and work with other systems. In the case of healthcare, interoperability allows different software and information technology systems to communicate, exchange and understand data easily, and make use of the information. When a healthcare technology is designed to be interoperable, its interface will be wholly understood by other systems both at the time of development and in the future.
Why Interoperability is Important in 2018
First and foremost, Interoperability is important because it connects healthcare information across different spectrums. Many exhibitors at HIMSS 2018 showed the value of combining healthcare information gathered by both the patient and healthcare practitioners. Taking previously separate and disperse information and amalgamating it to create more meaningful data that could be used to better plan healthcare spending, policy development, and more.
Interoperability and Patient Experience
Another big topic at HIMSS was the importance of designing wearables and apps with interoperability in mind, meaning these items can talk to electronic health records and electronic medical records systems. This gives doctors and other primary healthcare providers more meaningful information and a more fulsome look at their patient’s health, allowing them to understand better what impacts patients’ outcomes.
What the key take away from HIMSS18 was the massive positive impact Interoperability can have on the patient experience. For us, designing InnoCare Software to integrate with insurance billing systems wasn’t just a way to make clinician’s lives easier, it was about putting the patient experience first and designing a product that would help our users do the same thing. Seeing so many other healthcare technology leaders doing the same thing was reassuring that our technology is on the right path.