The six companies and competitors—Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce—announced a renewed commitment to interoperability at the CMS Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference.
The companies also are throwing their sizable weight behind recent interoperability proposed rules from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The CMS and ONC’s proposed rules focus on the use of HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) as an open standard for electronically exchanging healthcare information.
Interoperability or more accurately the complete lack of interoperability is a huge problem in medicine and dentistry. Hopefully having the power of these tech giants pushing for interoperability will finally get things moving. In the dental world Henry Schein has also made public statements committing the company to interoperability. This is all good but so far there is very little progress.