Patient care coordination is the "key driver" to data sharing, but there are challenges accomplishing that goal, according to the Health IT Policy Committee's task force on clinical, technical, organizational and financial barriers to interoperability. In its Aug. 25 meeting, the task force summarized information from hearings held earlier in the month regarding obstacles to electronic health record interoperability.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has long been involved in efforts to improve patient matching, according to Lisa Gallagher, the organization's vice president of technology solutions.
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The Health IT Standards Committee Advisory Task Force has held the last of its meetings to discuss the public comments received about the Office of the National Coordinator's 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory.
While exchange of data between hospitals and outside providers is increasing, the industry still faces many barriers when it comes to interoperability.
The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs have not met a key deadline in their quest for interoperability between their electronic health record systems, and need outcome-oriented metrics and goals to gauge their progress, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
A common set of standards for the exchange of electronic health information likely could have improved the current state of interoperability in the industry, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said.
Less than 1 in 5 healthcare professionals say they are "very confident" the industry will meet the 10-year goal for nationwide interoperability, according to a survey by document management company Scrypt.
Electronic health records have potential, but their benefits won't be achieved without significant upfront costs by providers, patients and the federal government, according to a new analysis from the American Action Forum, a nonprofit think tank.
Population health management has become a critical part of the American College of Cardiology's efforts, with the organization making it a key part of its five-year strategic plan.