Significance of Interoperable Healthcare IT Systems
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Significance of Interoperable Healthcare IT Systems

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Thursday, August 12, 2021

Interoperability lowers expenses by lowering the number of people needed to enter data and manage mismatched or unmatched patient information.

FREMONT, CA: Simply put, interoperability is the capacity for various healthcare information technologies to communicate with one another. This is crucial for a variety of reasons, but here are a few examples of the issues that arise when data is kept in silos rather than interoperable systems:

According to one study, patient matching between organizations is highly imprecise, with match rates as low as ten to 30 percent.

One out of every five hospital chief information officers believes patients have been harmed due to data discrepancies.

Top 10 Healthcare Consulting/Services Companies - 2020According to data, doctor's offices and hospitals employ between 0.5 and nine full-time personnel to manage patient data that are mismatched or unmatched.

The statistics above highlight two of the most significant advantages of interoperable healthcare IT systems: improved patient care and increased operational efficiency.  Take a closer look at these apps as well as a few others.

Enhanced Patient Care and Patient Experience

Patients can get help from various places, including clinics and hospitals, as well as senior care facilities, home health agencies, and other places. By integrating data across the continuum of care, all these providers will have access to a patient's complete medical history, allowing them to deliver the best care possible. In a 2018 survey of healthcare executives and financial executives in the United States, 52 percent indicated data sharing is the technology that will have the most significant positive influence on the patient experience.

Increased Efficiency and Lowered Administrative Costs

According to a recent study, administrative expenditures account for more than one-third of all healthcare costs in the United States. Interoperability lowers expenses by lowering the number of people needed to enter data and manage mismatched or unmatched patient information. According to one estimate, 'standardized, encoded, electronic healthcare information exchange' may save the US healthcare system 78 billion dollars annually.

Reduced Errors

According to a study, medical error is the third largest cause of mortality in the United States (pre-pandemic), and 44 percent of these deaths are preventable. While not all medical errors can be traced back to mistakes in medical records, some can. Duplicate medical records are most commonly caused by data input errors, which reduces patient matching accuracy. Errors like these frequently result in the ordering of duplicate lab tests and other inefficiencies that waste time and money for healthcare providers.

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