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Next-generation EHRs will drive health data interoperability
This article is part of the Pulse issue of March 2014
The relationship between physicians and EHR systems is a complex one. At one time, these applications acted as repositories for digitized patient charts. Now, more practices are using these systems to help manage patient data generated within the facility, as well as data captured from multiple sources, such as medical imaging systems, referring physicians and lab results. EHR vendors will have to open their systems to accept data requests and data submissions in much simpler ways than they do now. There comes a point when most physicians recognize there is more to an EHR than simply a place for patient medical and social histories, as well as access to labs and digital imaging. But as we consider all the current applications in the marketplace and watch new disruptive technologies emerge, several signs tell us that tomorrow's medical records systems, driven by health data interoperability, will be very different from what we are used to. To evaluate the driving forces behind the evolution of EHRs, we can study the following ...
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