While electronic health data exchange is becoming more common for medical practices, the reality is that providers still rely on faxes for sharing patient data, according to a recent WSJ Op-Ed by Lloyd B. Minor, MD, the Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine.
For those of us who work in the health data exchange arena, this is not new news. However, by having this message rise up to the level of the WSJ, it reinforces the true challenge of health data interoperability.
Without going into too much detail from the Op-Ed, faxing is a result of information blocking issues between EHRs, and leads to human errors – both from patients and providers.
Fortunately, these challenges can be met through the use of cloud-based systems like the RosettaHealth platform, which offers the Universal Transport of health data. The platform leverages emerging standards and Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use) to move clinical data in and out of any Direct-enabled system, in every EHR in the nation.
RosettaHealth is also part of the largest trust networks including DirectTrust, CommonWell, eHealth Exchange and others assuring connections to all other EHRs. In addition, one of the main goals behind DirectTrust is to have Direct secure messaging replace faxing.
In addition, in honor of National Health IT Week, DirectTrust is kicking off a campaign to help healthcare organizations move away from faxing. Check out the infographic below.
Along these lines, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma has also called on doctors' offices to eliminate the use of fax machines by 2020.
This seems to be working. According to a recent RosettaHealth podcast interview with Scott Stuewe, President and CEO of DirectTrust, there were more than 164 million messages sent and received within the DirectTrust network during the first quarter of 2019.
While it may be eye-opening for many to realize that faxing is still a very common way to share health information, it should be comforting to know that there are solutions, which enable seamless and ubiquitous electronic health data sharing.
To learn more about how RosettaHealth can assist with any health information challenges you might have, book a free consultation with one of our interoperability experts.