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Healthcare interoperability challenges? Look to the cloud
This article is part of the Pulse issue of September 2017, Vol. 5, No. 5
Solving healthcare interoperability challenges for medical records systems is a priority. Despite the difficulties, achievement of this goal throughout the industry is in sight. "We're getting there," said Mari F. Greenberger, director of informatics at the Health Information and Management Systems Society. "We're almost to the tipping point." Interoperability and data exchange are driving technology buying decisions at 36% of healthcare organizations, according to the 2017 Health IT Purchasing Intentions Survey by TechTarget Inc., publisher of SearchHealthIT. Conducted earlier this year in conjunction with the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, the survey polled 425 IT respondents from hospitals, physician practices and other healthcare settings. A question arises about whether cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) systems hold any advantage over on-premises versions when it comes to interoperability. The answer appears to weigh in favor of cloud EHRs. Advantages of interoperable clouds Compared with ...
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APIs are new to some in healthcare, but other industries use them regularly. Interoperability will benefit if healthcare can get beyond its legacy systems.
EHR interoperability might swing in favor of cloud installations rather than on-premises approaches. Also, legacy systems may be left in the dust of patient data exchange.
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