-By Blair Childs, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier Inc
Members of Premier commend the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) for taking an in-depth look at the ongoing challenges associated with achieving interoperability in health information technology (HIT). To get to nationwide interoperability, there is a desperate need for consistently implemented standards, publicly available application programming interfaces and low barriers to entry for app developers so that data can be extracted from and transmitted to the electronic health record and into clinical workflow. While there are many recommendations in the report that merit further examination, we believe that government needs to step in and implement interoperability and data standards, as called for in the 21st Century Cures Act.
About Premier, Inc.
Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 4,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 165,000 other providers and organizations to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and consulting and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.