By Blair Childs, senior vice president of public affairs, Premier, Inc.
Members of the Premier alliance commend Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) for their leadership in supporting new health information technology (HIT) interoperability requirements as part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. These requirements are foundational to new research discoveries and improvements in patient safety, efficiency and care quality. We need this legislation to advance the use of open source codes such as application programming interfaces (APIs) that enable applications to exchange data/information in healthcare as part of the overall HIT certification requirement, and we strongly urge the Senate to vote in favor of these interoperability standards. Common interoperability standards and enhanced certification requirements represent an essential step to unlocking Big Data in healthcare, optimizing HIT investments and improving the quality of care across settings.
– Blair Childs, senior vice president of public affairs, Premier, Inc.