As with any industry sector, there has been a tremendous rise in the volume of data in the healthcare arena – with many drivers for this increasing tidal wave of health information.
These include incentives put in place by Meaningful Use and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to capture and use electronic records, as well as new innovations in healthcare such as telemedicine and wireless medical devices, and other technical advances which have made it easier to collect and analyze information from multiple sources.
As such, written scripts and paper charts are becoming nearly obsolete. In fact, the incentives from the HITECH Act’s Meaningful Use has skyrocketed the use of electronic medical records (EHR).
Currently, more than 90 percent of all U.S. hospitals have achieved meaningful use of EHRs. In addition, the percentage of Office-based Physicians adopting electronic health records went from less than 20 percent in 2004, to over 75 percent by 2014.
The end result is an explosion of computable health data, which presents a tremendous amount of opportunities and challenges.
This is the key theme of a recent Health IT Outcomes article by Buff Colchagoff, CEO of RosettaHealth, which also highlighted how we are in the age of standards-based exchange.
Fortunately, the exchange of electronic records can now be affordable and ubiquitous for Hospitals, Health Systems, ACOs, mobile health apps, and Big Data needs like public and population health.
New Cloud-based “health buses” such as the RosettaHealth platform can send and receive medical information, and maintain connections with other health providers no matter what systems they are using. These SaaS solutions aim to mitigate some of the biggest challenges of electronic health record sharing – data access and interoperability.
To learn more about how to best handle today’s tidal wave of health data, please read the full Health IT Outcomes article here. In addition, if you are attending HIMSS 2017, please stop by the RosettaHealth booth (#6594) to learn how you can ease the movement of electronic medical records across any organizational boundary.