Why aren’t more medical practices engaging in HIE?
A fundamental promise of EHRs has always been interoperability. The idea being that patients and their doctors can have the same reference points as they discuss healthcare strategies in order to reduce care gaps.
That might include emergency situations, physicians on care teams exchanging health data amongst themselves, even specialists in other networks or geographical regions, and small medical groups.
Unfortunately, very few practices — 14 percent, according to a 2013 Health Affairs study just released — are sharing patient information outside of their own group. Health information exchange within physician groups is also surprisingly low at about 33 percent. And sharing data with those in unaffiliated hospitals is barely 5 percent. This despite $26 billion allocated for the adoption of interoperable EHRs by the HITECH Act and $546 million allocated directly to states for the same.
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