In their rush implement electronic health records, many healthcare systems gave little consideration to how patient identity elements were entered into new electronic systems.
This coming year, 2015, will be critical in the success of health information exchanges, according to the report “Post HITECH: The Landscape of Health Information Exchange,” from the eHealth Initiative.
Marc Perlman, global vice president for healthcare, life sciences, and education and research industries at Oracle, discusses his work on the Patient Engagement Framework and the future of HIE with Journal of AHIMA’s associate editor, Mary Butler.
The framework’s objectives are aligned with those of the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program, the federal initiative that rewards providers who engage patients via its, “view, download, and transmit” phases. Perlman says both providers and vendors would do well to take a close look at the framework to determine what capabilities they should be providing for clients and patients.
A focus on “what we have in common” to achieve interoperable health information exchange in the US was the message David R. Hunt, MD, FACS, medical director, health IT adoption and patient safety, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), provided during an update on ONC’s efforts at the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit (LTPAC) in Baltimore, MD on Monday.
Building on its status as having one of the highest electronic health record (EHR) adoption rates in the US, North Dakota recently announced the launch of its statewide health information exchange (HIE). North Dakota’s Health Information Technology Director Sheldon Wolf has been working with other state officials to develop the HIE for over four years. Wolf hopes to see quality of care improvements and lowered costs within a year of the HIE’s launch.