"We know that the exchange of health information is integral to the ongoing efforts to transform the nation's health care system and we will continue to see that grow as more hospitals and other providers adopt and use health IT to improve patient health and care," Mostashari said in prepared remarks. "Our new research is crystal clear: health information exchange is happening and it is growing. But we still have a long road ahead toward universal interoperability."
It's not clear if the government-sponsored research will assuage the misgivings of leading provider organizations that have asked the federal government to dial back the implementation dates for hospital Stage 2 Meaningful Use, which go into effect on Oct. 1 for hospitals and on Jan. 1, 2014 for physicians. Last month the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association sent a joint letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius telling her the requirements for Stage 2 MU were "overly burdensome."
"Our members, and the vendors they work with, report growing concerns that the rapidly approaching start date for Stage 2 is on a trajectory that will not provide enough time or adequate flexibility for a safe and orderly transition unless certain changes are made," AHA President/CEO Rich Umbdenstock and AMA CEO James. L Madara, MD, said in the letter.