Interoperability of electronic health information is often blocked by developers of the tools or "greedy medical centers that refuse to send records to rival providers," and the federal government must take steps to fix the problem, according to a post by the editorial board of the New York Times.
While the interoperability of electronic health records is a high priority for the federal government, it really only is a means to an end, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said in a keynote address at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago Thursday morning.
The HITECH Act has stimulated adoption of digital infrastructure in healthcare to improve care and reduce costs, but problems with usability, interoperability and the fee-for-service paradigm require further government action, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
From 2008 to 2014 the healthcare industry saw major growth in the adoption of electronic medical records and the ability to exchange information.
CommonWell Health Alliance continues to make interoperability more of a reality, announcing that five of its vendor members are going national.
Eleven health data sharing networks will serve as initial participants in Healtheway's rollout of a framework--Carequality--aimed at facilitating "inter-network" information exchange, Healtheway announced this morning at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago.
Since stepping into her role last fall, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's chief privacy officer Lucia Savage has set her focus on fostering interoperability in healthcare while ensuring security and privacy is maintained.
Most information blocking in healthcare is "beyond the current reach" of federal agencies to detect, investigate and address, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's report to Congress published Friday.
Through its interoperability roadmap, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should work to promote competition and innovation, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
Interoperability is one of those words you can't avoid if you work in the health IT industry, and its use is only going to grow as 2015 wears on. It's a controversial topic, with most...