Health Data Exchange Hindered by Funding, Interoperability Issues

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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).
John Tempesco
I find it interesting that a preponderance of of respondents agreed on positive results over negative ones - yet your headline focuses on barriers. Until people begin focusing on benefits instead of hurdles, we'll not make the gains necessary for improving quality and reducing costs in healthcare. I see this as a dis-service to the HIT community.

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