Infographic: Health Data Interoperability in the U.S.


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While the numbers of this graphic are encouraging, several barriers remain before the industry will realize interoperability, including some criteria defined in Meaningful Use Stage 2.

These obstacles are detailed in a new, yet-to-be-released white paper by HIMSS Analytics titled, “Current State of Health Data Interoperability in the U.S.: Trends, Challenges and Strategies for Success.” To obtain information for the report, HIMSS Analytics conducted a focus group of CIOs and healthcare IT directors.

To obtain a complimentary copy of the new HIMSS Analytics report, simply visit the Corepoint Health booth at HIMSS14. Stop by booth 6451 for an engaging health IT and interoperability conversation with Team Corepoint!

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Infographic: Health Data Interoperability in the U.S.

  1. 1. Health Data Interoperability in the U.S. Providers are laying the proper IT foundation for interoperability, including implementing EHR technology, integrating internal applications, and creating or participating in a health information organization (HIO) or health information exchange (HIE) organization. HIO (HIE) Organizations 44% 73% of hospitals had a basic EHR in 2012 participate* Types of HIOs Participated in: 57% 29% State* This was an increase from only 57% only participate in one HIO* local/regional HIE** 19% HIO run by IDN Hospitals with both an EHR system and HIO participation increased fivefold between 2008 and 2012.* 9% in 2008** Exchanging health data with external, unaffiliated providers has increased significantly, yet many challenges remain. Participating in HIOs 52% said it improved access to patient information* 20% said it improved patient safety* In 2012, 12% 58% said it provided time savings for physicians* of hospitals exchanged data with providers outside their organization in 2012* This was a Only 51% of hospitals exchanged clinical data with unaffiliated amublatory care providers** 41% 36% exchanged information with other hospitals outside their organization** increase since 2008** The use of Direct Project protocol has increased significantly because it is a Core Objective in Meaningful Use Stage 2. How Is Data Being Exchanged in HIOs? 44% Portal access* 34% Organizationspecific exchange reqs* 32% Query-based exchange* 40% Direct Project* Direct transactions increased Individual users enabled for Direct exchange increased Organizations enabled for Direct exchange increased since 2012*** since 2012*** 11% Other* The lowest rates of exchange were for medication lists and clinical care summaries by hospitals that had less than a basic EHR system and did not participate in an HIO.** since 2012*** * HIMSS Analytics. Barriers, Challenges and Opportunities with Information Sharing in HIEs: Output/Print Environments. 2013. ** Furukawa MF, Patel V, Charles D, Swain M, Mostashari F. Hospital electronic health information exchange grew substantially in 2008–12. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013;32(8):1346–54. *** Ahier, B. (2014, January) DirectTrust, Inc. Year End Report to ONC, EHIEGP Cooperative Agreement.