Researchers called for the creation of a medical device data standards development organization to support healthcare interoperability.
The healthcare industry needs better data standards to support medical device interoperability, according to an article published in JAMA Health Forum.
The authors noted that much of the existing infrastructure for healthcare interoperability has focused on EHRs. ONC mandated the adoption of HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) in its implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, as did CMS in its interoperability rule.
However, the authors said that FHIR does not address the need for medical device interoperability. As clinicians continuously leverage medical devices, greater data standards are needed to ensure this information can be exchanged across the care continuum.