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March 2014

Interoperability woes obstruct meaningful use stage 2 criteria

Noninteroperable health data could obstruct healthcare providers' ability to meet some meaningful use stage 2 criteria, especially pertaining to health information exchange (HIE) participation, according a HIMSS Analytics white paper to be released at HIMSS 2014 in Orlando, Fla. A focus group of healthcare IT leaders, representing hospitals ranging in size from 275 to 722 beds, said that basic difficulties such as a lack of a common master patient index (MPI) and the inability to exchange continuity of care documents are rooted in a lack of interoperability. The white paper, titled "Current State of Health Data Interoperability in the U.S.: Trends, Challenges and Strategies for Success," will be available Feb. 24 at Corepoint Health LLC's booth #6451 at HIMSS or can be downloaded from the company's website. Corepoint gave SearchHealthIT an exclusive advance preview. Despite the interoperability hurdles, the IT execs participating in the focus group were confident they had the health IT tools necessary to attest to meaningful use...

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