Despite the importance of electronic health record interoperability to improving the state of overall care delivered in the U.S., several hurdles remain to get to seamless patient data exchange between providers, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has announced that it is providing $1 million in grants to support health information exchange and care coordination among providers that are not eligible for incentives from the Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use program.
The HITECH Act has helped initiate "significant" progress in the use of health IT, but has fallen short of its goal to create an efficient and effective healthcare system with the advanced use of health IT, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report.
Electronic health records are increasingly becoming an integral part of Medicare's accountable care organizations, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' 2014 quality and financial performance results.
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.
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The White House Precision Medicine Initiative might do well to borrow some of the concepts already in use in health information exchange and health IT, according to comments released by the American Bar Association's Health Law Section on the proposed privacy and trust principles issued by the Precision Medicine Initiative Interagency Working Group.
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.