Data & Technical Standards: Background
Data and technical standards are critical to the advancement of the national health IT agenda and achieving many of the agenda’s intended health goals and outcomes. Well defined standards are the foundation for interoperability between systems and for systems that can fulfill the promise of electronically enabled health and care. By harmonizing standards, different information systems, networks, and software applications will be able to ‘speak the same language’ and work together technically to manage and use consistent, accurate, and useful health information for providers and consumers.
There are several requirements for standards to fully support health IT outcomes:
Harmonized standards can:
"We have hospitals in Afghanistan and Iraq, and many of the soldiers would arrive without records in Germany, with no record of the CAT scans or what happened in surgery in Afghanistan or Iraq. The clinicians in Germany would have to re-operate on the patient, would have to redo all their x-ray evaluations, CAT scans, etc...." ~ Colonel John Holcomb