The National Alliance for Health Information Technology includes providers, payers and pharma companies, all of whom aim to develop voluntary standards for healthcare IT. The Alliance’s efforts should help improve efficiency in the industry, by improving systems’ abilities to communicate with each other. It may even speed up the drug approval process.
IT and healthcare companies have formed an alliance to influence eHealth standards.
Healthcare providers, IT vendors, and national health and technology associations have launched the National Alliance for Health Information Technology, a coalition aimed at developing voluntary standards in healthcare IT.
The Alliance was formed in response to the lack of IT standards in the healthcare field, which contributes to a fragmented IT environment with isolated systems and databases. It aims to improve quality and performance through standards-based information systems.
Its membership includes a range of stakeholders, which will contribute to the development of uniform IT standards. As well as providers and technology vendors, it also comprises pharmaceutical companies, including Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson. Other companies are encouraged to join, with membership fees scaled relative to annual revenue.
First on the Alliance’s agenda is to work with the FDA and develop a bar coding system on medication and biological product packaging – which could lead to efficient ePrescribing and reimbursement, expediting the dispensing and payment of pharmaceuticals. The Alliance will also address automated medication administration, electronic medical records, and communication and transaction improvements throughout the value chain.
The formation of this alliance is due. Since so many organizations and companies have a stake in the currently fragmented system, it is in the best interest of all to have a common standard. Certainly with alliance formation, individual members will have to relinquish some autonomy in decision-making, but in thus case the strength of the collective will lead to long-term gains for all.
For example, uniform standards should help pharmaceutical company with electronic data capture to expedite clinical trial data capture and drug approval process. This could help the FDA to process new drug applications more quickly, because they will be in a standard format. Then, competition and comparative advantage can be created based on company strategy rather than technological logistics.
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