Prioritizing Interoperability in EHR Adoption

FREMONT, CA: Over the last few decades, the healthcare sector has undergone a tremendous digital transformation as an effort to eliminate paper-based clinical practices and reap the benefits of data analytics to support innovations in care delivery. Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation is key to capturing clinical data, which is one part of resolving the lack of interoperability.

Health information technology interoperability and cybersecurity rank as top priorities during EHR adoption. Achieving the ability to consume and meaningfully use patient health data is a central focus of early-phase EHR adoption processes. External and internal interoperability should be considered during implementation and seek to deliver EHR data directly into providers’ clinical workflows. The future interoperability depends on the industry’s potential to manage its complex digital environments and allow data to lead to positive outcomes for individual patients and patient populations.

No technology is more critical to this digital transformation than electronic health record. EHR technology provides structure to clinical data and fuels analytics for future quality improvement. EHR companies and technologies will play a vital role in advancing healthcare interoperability. Companies are beginning to gain traction, and the providers are working to address health IT challenges unique to the organizations and staff. As healthcare firms started embracing new forms of engagement, they are opening doors for new companies and technologies to become part of their digital environment.

EHR systems are helping providers manage the patient record. As future models of care delivery will demand providers to share data efficiently, hospitals will need to address the limitations of their existing health IT infrastructure. The growing adoption of complementary systems is transforming EHR systems into more powerful tools for care providers to focus on quality improvement. As more devices become available at the point of care, firms have the potential to lead to measurable outcomes that tilt in a positive direction.