EHR Interoperability Remains Elusive
"I would love to know what people in the field think about this," she says. "It's not clear why it's not moving. Is it because somebody else is doing it? Are the exchanges relying on providers, the individual doctors? Somebody has to be doing it. So, is it that we don't know who is doing it or is it that they're not doing it because of privacy concerns?"
"While it's a little disheartening to see such low patient engagement, overall I think we're in a better place than we were last year. Awareness around healthcare reform has helped build the business case for data sharing and engaging consumers."
Bordenick rejects suggestions that the federal government step in to play a greater role in setting interoperability standards. "The last four years have shown us that HITECH has done some wonderful things and Meaningful Use has pushed the envelope, but it has to come from the market," she says.
"The more that customers or consumers or providers [push] for these connections, the more likely it is that vendors are going to do it because we have the capability to do it. Again, it is not about not having the capability. It's about everyone having the same desire to connect."
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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