Digitalizing healthcare

The power of connection

5 min
Peter Jaret
Published on December 1, 2020

A century ago, the British novelist E.M. Forster distilled his vision of a moral life into two simple words he used as the epigraph for his masterful novel Howards End: “Only connect.”

Sharing healthcare data between care facilities supports improved patient outcomes.

Interoperability of healthcare data leads to a clearer picture of the individual patient.

Even today, data interoperability in healthcare is not a matter of course.

Health data management and interoperability are prerequisites to improve patient outcomes and save costs.

By Peter Jaret

Peter Jaret is the author of several health-related books, including In Self-Defense: The Human Immune System, Nurse: A World of Care, and Impact: On the Frontlines of Public Health. A frequent contributor to National Geographic, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Health magazine, More, AARP Bulletin, and dozens of other periodicals, Jaret is the recipient of an American Medical Association award for journalism and two James Beard awards. He lives in Petaluma, California.