by Susan D. Hall | May 27, 2016 11:30am- Fierce Healthcare
The convergence of dominant trends – new technologies, the demand for value, a growing population, and the government as an influencer – are transforming the U.S. healthcare system.
Echoing previous surveys, eHealth Initiative's latest poll of health data exchange organizations finds them struggling with interoperability issues.
Cost and technical challenges are the key barriers to interoperability, respondents said. The three most-cited issues were the cost of building interfaces to connect disparate systems, getting consistent and timely response from EHR vendor interface developers and technical difficulty of building interfaces...
Next week a federal task force will recommend that the Office of the National Coordinator should switch gears with meaningful use to focus solely on interoperability through use of the FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standard under development by HL7 and the use of public application programming interfaces (APIs). Serving as a reminder of why a new approach might be necessary was the eHealth Initiative’s 11th annual data exchange survey, released Oct. 8, which found health information exchange organizations still struggling with interoperability issues.
The survey of 135 health information organizations found that, as in previous years, challenges to interoperability include financial costs of building interfaces...
Health information exchanges still struggle with cost and technical barriers to interoperability, according to a new survey by the eHealth Initiative, Health Data Management reports.
Details of Survey
The annual survey tracks the progress of various health data exchange initiatives across the U.S. It yielded complete responses from 125 of 267 HIEs, including:
74 community-based health information organizations;
26 health care delivery groups; and
25 statewide efforts...
While health information exchange organizations are growing in maturity, they continue to face cost and technical challenges that remain key barriers to interoperability, according to the eHealth Initiative’s 2014 health data exchange survey.
The annual survey, which the eHealth Initiative has been conducting for the past 11 years, tracks the growth and progress of electronic health data exchange efforts across the United States. Of 267 identified HIEs, 125 respondents fully completed the survey—74 community-based HIOs, 25 statewide efforts, 26 healthcare delivery organizations—and an additional 10 gave partial responses...