Interoperability must become more than a buzz word in the healthcare industry. For healthcare providers today, it is time to go beyond the technical sharing of data to look at the outcomes healthcare organizations and their consumers receive from data sharing and integration. Picture this scenario:
Consumer engagement is the forging of a unique relationship between a provider and a consumer in which the consumer becomes invested in his or her own healthcare. For consumer engagement to happen, consumers must be brought to the table in a meaningful partnership and collaboration with their provider.
1994 — I was a budding journalist when something called the Information Superhighway began getting considerable mainstream attention. The TV commercial below was running at the time and made the little understood concept more mysteriously inviting.