There is a misbelief that FHIR is going to provide a rapid path to robust interoperability between third-party applications and EHRs. It’s vital we address those misconceptions and mitigate the risks posed by the hype.

If you build it, will they come? But, there was a problem. One that virtually all clinical applications face. The calculator, built as a web-based application, did not integrate with Epic, the electronic medical record (EMR) used at Cleveland Clinic. The vision of providing clinicians with a useful and important tool was stymied by the difficulty of accessing and using the calculator.

I didn’t know it at the time, but just this year a family member of mine faced serious health complications because of an interoperability challenge. Fortunately, Julie (not her real name), faced no serious consequences. She’s doing well, back into her typical active routine. But, Julie endured a frustrating experience while in the hospital for two days following a routine procedure. While she was hospitalized, a basic information gap impeded high quality patient care. This makes our work at Sansoro Health hit even closer to home.