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Less than one in three U.S. hospitals can find, send, and receive electronic medical records for patients who receive care somewhere else. But there is a solution for this ongoing challenge.

Why Fewer Hospitals Fully Share Electronic Health Records

Although we know that for many hospitals, ACOs, HIEs, and even vendors, it is a challenge to effectively sharing electronic health records. It often takes an independent research study to reinforce what we already know. These types of studies also create a startling moment where we collectively think – “this problem needs to be addressed right now.”

According to a recent Health Affair report, less than one in three U.S. hospitals can find, send, and receive electronic medical records for patients who receive care somewhere else.

“What this means is there is potentially a significant amount of waste and inefficiency in hospitals,” said lead study author Jay Holmgren of Harvard Business School in Boston. This quote points to how not being able to access, share and leverage patient data results in re-testing – and a lack of key information – could compromise the quality of care.

Much of this challenge comes from information blocking by HIT vendors. Though as David Kibbe, CEO and President of DirectTrust, stated this is not done with malicious intent. Rather it is due to not understanding the technical standards, and/or capabilities that are left out during the implementation phases.

All of this begs for a solution that is effective and easy to implement. The RosettaHealth platform helps to break down today’s barriers of health data exchange by using an “it takes a village” approach. This means that everyone needs to work in concert to make effective health data exchange a reality.

Built on the premise of the ubiquitous movement of electronic medical records, the RosettaHealth platform breaks down interoperability barriers regardless of the system, standard and even the care setting. But don’t just take our word for it, here are some examples of this concept coming to life with our users.

Our goal is to have the Health Affairs study replicated in the next couple of years, where we see the vast majority of hospitals being able to share electronic health records. With the right solutions and strategies, this could be the new reality that we all want and need.

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