This may be an important foot in the door for driving wider data constructs standards.
Interoperability can drive competition
The more standardized the data constructs, the easier it is to change electronic health-record system products. Vendors don't like that. They count on propietary vendor data lock to guarantee future revenue streams.
I don't care what the vendors want. I know what I want, and I'm the customer. The wallet is in my pocket.
I want an EHR that works for me more than I work for it.
The easier it is to change EHRs, the more competition will focus on giving clinicians something they actually want enough to keep, and at more affordable non-government-subsidized) prices.
Dr. David HagerStaff psychiatristKerrville (Texas) State Hospital
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