Published on February 20, 2014
How interoperable is Health IT in reality? © CureMD Healthcare
Interoperability • Interoperability, a term commonly used in the Healthcare sector, is the ability of various systems to meaningfully interact with each other • Important patient data, integration with labs, pharmacies, hospital networks, and many other entities in the Healthcare industry benefit from Interoperability • Making the systems work with each other flawlessly is not an easy task. According to a careful estimate, thousands of programs need to work together in order to make interoperability a reality
Healthcare IT • Interoperability is a tough ask. It is like designing a whole metropolitan city from top to bottom • The field of Healthcare IT is constantly evolving and changes are taking place every single day. The system and its development need to take into account end users, practitioners and patients • Without considering these two entities, achieving complete interoperability will be very difficult
Research Study • According to a research study, only 9% hospitals had EHR software in 2008, but in the past four years, that number has gone up to 44%, showing a considerable increase • Even amongst ambulatory physicians, the EHR adoption rate has doubled in the last 2 years • Another reason that can be attributed to such an increase in the adoption rate is incentive payments made by the government through the Meaningful Use program • Until May 2013, 79% of eligible hospitals and 56% of eligible ambulatory providers had received some sort of incentive payments
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