Achieving Health Information Exchange: Vision, Progress, Prospects
September 12, 2014
The adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) by hospitals and physicians has drawn a lot of policy and medical attention in the past five years. But it has always been clear that adoption and use in one practice site, while possibly improving accuracy and efficiency, were not going to transform care delivery. To achieve the kind of patient-centered care, effective over both time and distance—the true promise of health information technology—providers must be able to exchange that information across settings and systems of care. Many in government and the private sector are working hard at health information exchange (HIE), but barriers have proved stubborn. This Forum session considered progress to date, how remaining barriers may be addressed, and prospects for widespread success.
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, "Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure."