EHR interoperability is still a major hurdle for many health providers. According to a report by Black Book Research, even while there are some standouts, providers are still struggling with EHR interoperability and functionality.
In fact, according to the study, a full 70% of hospitals are not utilizing outside patient data. And 25% reported that they were not able to use any patient information sent from outside their systems. This is simply due to issues with interoperability. That not only affects patient outcomes, but also revenue streams.
Doug Brown, Managing Partner of Black Book, spoke to the cause and effect nature of EHR problems:
As inpatient organizations implement optimized EHR software that uses FHIR to advance interoperability and HIE, the entire provider network gains the data exchanging functionality to better serve patients. Physician groups continue to lack the financial and technical expertise to adopt complex EHRs which are compulsory to attain higher reimbursements by public and private payers.