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Data standards may be wonky, but they will transform health care

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Data standards may be wonky, but they will transform health care

October 3, 2019

Data standards may be wonky, but they will transform health care

A Each of us should reasonably expect that health systems invest as much into providing clinicians with insights to make the right diagnosis or choose the right treatment as they currently invest in determining the right ad to display on a webpage. Although that hasn’t been the case so far, there’s now an opportunity to take a quantum leap to meet that expectation.story with enormous implications for the health of all Americans is likely flying below their radar and that of their physicians. In a nutshell, it’s this: A proposed rule that sets data standards will make electronic health information more accessible to patients and doctors through smartphone-style apps and will transform health care.

Most Americans are familiar with this scenario: During the “conversation” parts of a medical appointment, the doctor faces a computer screen and types information into an electronic medical record system. Such systems store data on hundreds of millions of Americans.

Yet even with all of this data entry going on, it is a struggle for patients to get copies of their records, and an even bigger one to get them in useful, digital formats. Even more alarming, despite the vast amount of data collected by electronic medical record systems, little of it is used to help clinicians make decisions about their patients’ care. That’s unacceptable.

Each of us should reasonably expect that health systems invest as much into providing clinicians with insights to make the right diagnosis or choose the right treatment as they currently invest in determining the right ad to display on a webpage. Although that hasn’t been the case so far, there’s now an opportunity to take a quantum leap to meet that expectation.

The full STAT article can be viewed at this link.  

 

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