By now, you may have had enough of primaries and election results. What if, however, we applied the primary election process to healthcare standards? What would happen?
Just as there are factions the political candidates are trying to pull together to win, they probably have not seen as many factions as there are in healthcare standards. There is a major faction called the HL7 Standards, but emerging factions are getting noticed which are XML related – from Continuity of Care Record (CCR) to a faction-within-a faction, that is, HL7 V2, HL7 V3, HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA), and HL7 Continuity of Care Document (CCD).
We don’t need new healthcare standards. We just need to enforce the ones we have.
What about the X12, DICOM, NCPDP, ASTM, LOINC, and SNOMED factions? And, let us not forget the common person’s healthcare standard – plain ol’ CSV file formats.
If the United States was going to eventually elect a healthcare standard to lead us in the 21st century, which one would win? All we need is a little harmony.
Harmony may be over-rated. How could someone from SNOMED endorse the LOINC? What do you mean CCR is campaigning with CCD? If these events happened, some people may just sit out the healthcare standards election.
What about the special interests? Each healthcare vendor has their own standard. Let’s hope that someone doesn’t “swift boat” one of the healthcare standard candidates.
The campaign slogans: Healthcare standards are broken. We just don’t need to move the same standards to different chairs. We need to stand for change. We need hope! We need a healthcare standard ready to solve all of our problems Day 1!
Or, maybe what we need is another healthcare standard – a “third party” candidate – that can just end all of the “politics” and work for the people in health care. A “uniter” of healthcare standards. Some standard that can “reach across the aisle” and reach consensus.
Can’t we all just get along in the healthcare integration world?
Yes, this is a parody of sorts on healthcare standards, but it is the practical world that we live in. There are many standards, and we do all need to get along in order to deliver the best possible care for patients. Each healthcare standard faction delivers an essential piece in the healthcare puzzle, but putting the puzzle together can be challenging at times.
Maybe the final rallying cry should be: “Read my lips. No new healthcare standards!”
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