Council Post: In Health Care, We Need Data Orchestration, Not Necessarily Unification

Andy Chu
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Council Post: In Health Care, We Need Data Orchestration, Not Necessarily Unification

Each part of the healthcare ecosystem adds value and meaningful information to understand a person’s whole health.

The text discusses the challenge of interoperability in digital health, emphasizing the need for patients and providers to access health records regardless of location. Despite efforts with standards like FIHR, variations in how systems are customized make achieving a "single record" complex. Data fragmentation in healthcare stems from unique business structures and individual system setups. Even with shared EHRs, customizations hinder data reconciliation. The industry lacks a standardized backend system and resembles a professional network with disconnected data sets. Various entities hold fragmented data sets in the ecosystem, limiting efficiency in care optimization and marketing campaigns. Big tech companies further complicate the landscape by creating proprietary health data silos. The rise of digital health apps and wearables adds more data fragmentation. To improve health outcomes, data sharing and collaboration among stakeholders are essential for a comprehensive understanding of individuals' health. Utilizing open web standards and identity solutions could facilitate secure data sharing and lead to more personalized healthcare experiences. A holistic approach to data utilization is crucial to orchestrate all healthcare ecosystem components to work harmoniously towards better health outcomes.