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[Editorial] Making sense of our digital medicine Babel

Interoperability is a common-sense idea that has proven uncommonly hard to put into practice in the world of medicine, a fact highlighted in a new report released on Oct 12 by the National Academy of Medicine, Procuring Interoperability: Achieving High-Quality, Connected, and Person-Centered Care. The idea is a simple one: ensure that electronic health records (EHR) technology—all the modern tools of medicine, such as monitors, blood pressure devices, dialysis machines, record keeping systems—can communicate so that a patient’s vital statistics can be gathered, transmitted, and used.