As providers wrap their arms around data exchange, patient engagement tools are the next hurdle

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Healthcare providers are getting better at collecting, exchanging and managing data, but the adoption of patient engagement tools is still lagging, according to a new survey by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

Thanks to Meaningful Use requirements, 94% of the 618 providers surveyed in CHIME’s annual Healthcare’s Most Wired: National Trends report (PDF) can consume data in some form from a continuity of care document. Fewer providers can take in discrete or unstructured data: 85% of respondents said they could consume discrete data from hospital systems, while just 60% said they could absorb data from home health agencies or skilled nursing facilities.

Additionally, the vast majority of respondents adopted clinical desktop applications like mobile voice recognition for notes and remote published apps.

Read more: Fierce Healthcare

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