ONC data brief lists EHR integration of external information sources as a top challenge for hospital interoperability.
EHR integration remains a sticking point for hospitals working to advance interoperability and health data exchange.
The Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology (ONC) issued new data on providing insight into the interoperability of hospital health IT and the use of electronic forms of information sharing. While the information indicates increases in the ability of hospitals to find, send, and receive clinical data electronically, it indicates the opposite for the ability to use or integrate this data.
For the former categories, the percentage of hospitals finding clinical information electronically rose from 48% in the year 2014 to 52% in 2015; sending this information, from 78% in 2014 to 85 percent in 2015; and receiving this information, from 56 percent in 2014 to 65 percent in 2015.
Over the period of time, the ability of hospitals to use or integrate clinical information electronic dropped from 40 percent to 38%, which the authors of the data brief consider negligible
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