Some of the biggest challenges to widespread health information exchange are barriers related to funding, interoperability standards and health IT adoption, according to a survey released by the National eHealth Collaborative, Modern Healthcare reports.
The survey is based on 185 responses to an online survey of industry stakeholders (McKinney, Modern Healthcare, 2/28).
Barriers to Health Data Exchange
When asked to identify the three biggest hurdles to widespread health data exchange:
- 61% of respondents cited challenges related to funding and sustainability;
- 53% cited challenges related to interoperability standards;
- 46% cited challenges related to health IT adoption among health care providers;
- 46% cited challenges related to disparate electronic health record systems; and
- 34% cited challenges related to privacy and security.
Benefits of Health Data Exchange
When asked to identify the three most important benefits of health information exchange:
- 73% cited better care coordination;
- 65% cited the ability to provide health care providers and patients with the right information at the right time;
- 39% cited improved efficiency; and
- 37% cited improved quality (Manos, Healthcare IT News, 2/28).