November 27, 2018
Interoperability is about building bridges. And indeed, interoperability vendors have always focused on building bridges between systems: enabling healthcare systems to exchange data. At Forcare, we are now taking this one step further. To us, interoperability is about building bridges between people, supporting collaboration.
Taking collaboration as our starting point
Healthcare is changing. We see more specialization, more collaboration, and more distributed healthcare delivery. This means patient data needs to be shared and exchanged, to enable the collaborating specialists to have access to all the information they need. For each case, different specialists at various healthcare institutions may be involved. Even patients themselves or people in their socials networks might take part in such a collaboration – for example when they (digitally) share data or information with the healthcare provider on how the patient is doing. All in all, the way in which a collaboration is set up, will differ case by case. That is why when we develop our interoperability solutions, we take the collaboration as our starting point – instead of the data or the information.
By moving away from technology and putting people at the core of interoperability, we see that people’s roles change too. IT departments at healthcare institutions can become true partners for their clinical counterparts. They don’t just take care of the technology anymore, but they actually deliver collaboration to the end user.
In the video above, Frank Laarakker, Forcare’s Director of Product Management, shares his view on this next level of interoperability.