The Significance Of Improving Healthcare Interoperability
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The Significance Of Improving Healthcare Interoperability

Alex D'Souza, Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, May 30, 2022

Health software companies must examine the most acceptable technological ways to communicate health information and the most pleasant option for their end customers to bring significant value.

FREMONT, CA: An administrator pulled your chart when you went to the doctor. Nowadays, a typical doctor's appointment looks like the doctor's type while speaking with you. When you visit an emergency room or a specialist outside of your doctor's practice, the situation is exacerbated because they are unlikely to access your primary doctor's medical data. You're stuck telling every doctor the same background information. So, what can Health and Healthtech firms, those in charge of putting in place the health IT systems on which we rely, do to eliminate the inefficiencies inherent in the current environment.

Connect to an EMR vendor's health information exchange

Major EMR companies provide their HIE solutions to providers and patients using their software. Patients and providers can access their health information here, regardless of which doctor they see, as long as they use the same EMR software. It has several significant advantages, particularly for the patient. Patients have access to the primary physician's patient portal and view all data collected by that doctor and data submitted by any other doctor using the same EMR software as the primary physician.

HIES and HIE networks 

As previously stated, the original HIEs were geographically focused. Groupings of providers from a specific region or territory would join together and agree on how to exchange their data. They were frequently funded by either the providers or state governments. These HIEs have to build everything from the ground up, including decisions on how to share data, share data, and match patients between providers. This form of integration still (slightly) excludes patients. While numerous health providers share their data, they must still log into several provider EMRs to access their data.

Integration from point-to-point

This method, like the previous, requires health software suppliers to contact each entity they want to connect with and negotiate data access via HL7 and FHIR. Instead of contacting EMR vendors, this method necessitates dealing with each healthcare provider to gain access to their EMR. The strategy of major personal health record (PHR) vendors is an example. PHRs can extract data from the EMR and deliver it to the patient using the HL7 CCD (Continuity of Care Document).

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