Six in ten hospitals electronically exchanged health information with outside providers in 2013, according to a brand new study released by the Office of the National Coordinator and the American Hospital Association.
A trade organization representing the interests of more than 300 telecommunication companies is urging federal policymakers to incorporate mHealth into future electronic health record certification guidelines.
Many of the lessons health entities learned deploying EHRs will come back around when trying to persuade doctors to harness analytics, clinical decision support tools or other new and emerging technologies.
With diminishing public funding and increasing pressure to add value, HIEs are challenged to diversify and work on issues like patient identifiers. Data exchange, though, still remains hugely in demand. And it "needs to happen at scale faster."
A small uproar over provider networks in public insurance exchanges in Washington state has led to a proposed, controversial fix that, if adopted, has implications for other states, providers and insurers facing similar situations.