US hospitals struggle with EHR interoperability

As nearly every US hospital has an electronic health record system, 41% of surveyed medical record administrators still report struggling with exchanging patient health records with other healthcare providers, particularly physicians not on the same EHR platform.  25% say they are still unable to use any patient information received electronically from external sources.

81% of network physicians look to their core health system EHRs to enable interoperability among integrated healthcare delivery providers in order to set the stage for data-intensive initiatives such as population health, precision medicine, and value-based payment models.

“As inpatient organisations implement optimised EHR software that uses FHIR to advance interoperability and HIE, the entire provider network gains the data exchanging functionality to better serve patients,” said Doug Brown, Managing Partner of Black Book Research. 

“Physician groups continue to lack the financial and technical expertise to adopt complex EHRs which are compulsory to attain higher reimbursements by public and private payers.”

“Integrated delivery network EHRs are the future’s source for trusted provider data integration and leading to the increase in physician EHR replacements in line with the hospital system."

70% of hospitals aren’t using patient information outside their EHR in Q1 2017 according to surveyed clinicians because the external providers' data is simply not available in their EHR systems' workflow.

22% of medical record administrators report the transferred patient information was simply not presented in a useful format.  21% of hospital-based physicians polled in January 2017 state the data they view cannot be trusted for accuracy when sent between disparate systems.

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