According to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), hospitals have almost doubled their capacity to exchange information with providers outside their organization. Only 41% of hospitals had that ability in 2008 and 76% could do so in 2014. Unfortunately this growing hospital capacity is not equally matched among primary care providers or in post-acute care. Significant barriers to interoperability remain in those care settings, creating uneven access to data across the continuum.
While many providers cite the need for costly interfaces as their foremost obstacle, a potpourri of hurdles hinder the care coordination needed to transition U.S. healthcare from volume to value. That potpourri is too multidimensional for the hospital industry or any single sector to tackle alone. Diverse health IT partnerships are needed to promote a free-flowing data exchange that includes the patient and all members of the care team. Read More.