WASHINGTON – Industry leaders have issued a joint statement pledging to commit to removing the barriers to health care interoperability.
In a letter released last week by the Information Technology Industry Council and signed by Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce, the companies stressed that a “robust industry dialogue about health care interoperability needs will advance this cause.”
The statement said the companies are jointly committed to removing the barriers for adoption of technologies for health care interoperability, particularly those enabled through the cloud and artificial intelligence.
“We share the common quest to unlock the potential in health care data, to deliver better outcomes at lower costs,” the companies said.
For health care data interoperability to be successful, it must address the needs of all stakeholders, empowering patients, health care providers, payers, app developers, researchers and others who will develop, test, refine and scale the deployment of new tools and services, they said.
The companies said that open standards, open specifications and open source tools are essential to facilitate frictionless data exchange.
“We understand that achieving frictionless health data exchange is an ongoing process, and we commit to actively engaging among open source and open standards communities for the development of health care standards, and conformity assessment to foster an agility to account for the accelerated pace of innovation,” the statement said.