What's new and exciting about interoperability? Troy Bannister lays it all out on the most recent episode of WTF Health!
What's exciting about interoperability? Troy Bannister laid it out in this interview with WTF Health!
The podcast WTF Health (which, of course, stands for What’s The Future, Health?) explores health tech, investments, and healthcare policy. On their most recent episode, Particle CEO Troy Bannister had wide-ranging insights to share about all three topics.
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And the upcoming October 2022 expansion of information blocking enforcement? Troy is one of the first healthcare leaders to draw attention to it, telling host Jessica DaMassa:
if you said, "I want to have a turtle deliver me by records," the hospital could say, "No, we can't do that. That's not feasible." But if you said, "I want it via API," and they have an API, they have to be able to allow you to access your own records via API ... It's all working for [doctors], but it's not working for us, the consumers. And so this rule coming up is basically saying, we've had enough. It's your data. The tech is there, the networks are built, the APIs are here. It's working really well right now, so you should have access to that too.
Anti-information blocking, Troy added, “is the rule that would change everything if it works …. It really just takes pressure, and it takes a group of people to say, ‘Give me access to my records.’”
While info blocking fines may not be issued on the first possible day, Troy said, “we’ll start to see really meaningful access for consumers” in the next year, driven by ONC enforcement. And once the data is made available for consumer use, “it’s pretty close to flipping a switch” for Particle and our API to support the consumer-facing apps that healthcare innovators are building.
In addition to discussing how Particle is “building that developer layer on top of all these different networks,” Jessica and Troy talked about which digital health providers benefit the most from interoperability.
At Particle, we learned that our API is especially helpful for value-based care providers. The data we surface for specific conditions, or as part of an overall risk score, helps these outcomes-driven organizations understand their patients and reduce risk.
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To answer What's the Future, Health?, Troy opened up about his outlook, saying “I'm still optimistic. I think [consumer access] is not a question of if, it's a question of when.”
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