While many believe that health data interoperability has not lived up to its expectations in the wake of the HITECH Act, the reality about health data exchange may be much different.
According to a recent HIMSS study, nearly 75 percent of hospitals are beyond the basic level of interoperability, and the best practices for information sharing are emerging – with half of these forward-thinking hospitals gearing up for APIs and FHIR.
As highlighted in this recent Healthcare IT News article, the near-ubiquity of EHRs among hospitals, health systems and medical practices could mean that the basic infrastructure needed for interoperability exists, at this point, has been set.
The study also highlighted the best practices for advancing interoperability, which include:
- Signing on with an HIE to essentially let it handle the technical components of exchanging health information.
- Using natural language processing (NLP) and voice recognition technologies.
- Migrating to a single enterprise EHR.
Of course, this is certainly positive news in the health data interoperability arena. However, there are always counter studies that point to the challenges in embracing these types of recommendations. For example, a recent study from Unisys found that nearly two-thirds of healthcare providers rate themselves as being behind the curve on their digital health adoption initiatives.
It's clear that progress has been made when it comes to effective health data sharing – though there’s always room for improvement. We have been covering all things health data interoperability with the following content:
- The New Definition of Healthcare Interoperability
- PODCAST: Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project, Discusses New Information Blocking Working Group
- Healthcare Interoperability at a Turning Point?
- The Sequoia Project’s New Working Group Focuses on Information Blocking
- Tackling Health Data Interoperability in 2019
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.