As the US acquired a brand new president on Wednesday afternoon, it additionally acquired a brand new Nationwide Coordinator for Well being IT. Longtime trade veteran and interoperability pioneer Micky Tripathi was named to the position January 20 as a part of a slate of latest HHS appointments.
He’ll succeed Dr. Donald Rucker, who led ONC for 4 years because the company made interoperability its mandate and crafted an formidable set of latest guidelines beneath the twenty first Century Cures Act.
Tripathi has lengthy been a well-recognized face as a proponent of standards-based interoperability – and an skilled with deep information of the nuts and bolts behind it.
He was the longtime CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, a pioneering group that launched manner again within the pre-HITECH Act days of 2005 and have become a nationwide exemplar because the healthcare trade moved from manila folders to digital well being information.
Most just lately Tripathi has been working as chief alliance officer at Burlington, Massachusetts-based Arcadia, which he joined this previous April when the inhabitants well being firm acquired choose belongings of MAeHC.
MAeHC subsequently closed up store this previous June, having spent a decade and a half working alongside organizations “from throughout the healthcare continuum to assist their significant adoption of know-how,” as Tripathi mentioned on the time, and enjoying “a serious position in advising and main varied trade initiatives in interoperability, requirements growth, and well being IT coverage.”
In recent times, Tripathi has been a pacesetter in requirements growth, sitting on the board of organizations resembling HL7 and its FHIR Basis, the Sequoia Undertaking, CommonWell Well being Alliance, CARIN Well being Alliance, and others.
He is labored for years with ONC on foundational interoperability methods, together with stints as co-chair of the joint HIT Coverage and Requirements Committee’s JASON Job Pressure, which centered on challenges round constructing a nationwide structure for scientific care and well being analysis.
In an interview about that work in 2014, Tripathi was clear-eyed concerning the many elements – technological and cultural – that had been hamstringing interoperability to that time.
“Up till now there hasn’t been sufficient demand for interoperability in healthcare,” he mentioned on the time. “Lots of people have the attitude that there was a unfavorable motivation behind that: folks eager to hoard their information and never share it with others. I am positive there’s a few of that. However I believe there is a real lack of demand for a wide range of different causes.”
Clearly so much has modified within the years since then – not least due to the transformational Cures Act guidelines round data blocking and affected person entry which were enacted, a few of which take impact in April.
However extra excitingly, there’s been a flowering of latest work on the technical facet that Tripathi has been an enormous a part of. In interviews with Healthcare IT Information the previous few years, he is been enthusiastic concerning the potentialities of proliferating innovation from specs resembling FHIR 4.
“FHIR’s emergence and quickly rising maturity thus come on the good time as a result of it provides instruments to offer higher interoperability experiences simply for the time being that physicians are actually demanding it,” he mentioned in 2019. “Equally thrilling is that FHIR is opening up new avenues of interoperability, resembling trade with sufferers by means of apps, and with organizations in different components of the healthcare worth chain resembling well being insurers, life insurers and life sciences firms.”
The healthcare trade is at a “signature second in nationwide interoperability,” mentioned Tripathi in one other interview. “I am very sanguine about the place interoperability is and the place it is headed. You’ll be able to determine whether or not meaning I am biased or bullish, however I believe it is extra the latter.”