Interoperability is not guaranteed even with Electronic Health Records

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The understanding of data type is still difficult. Only two-thirds of the data from EHR is understandable. It still lacks interoperability.

In a recent study, EHR vendors have higher interoperability than those who don’t. The journal of the American Medical Informatics Association informed the issue of interoperability. There is still a long way to go.

The researchers measured the data from 68 EHR. The aim was to calculate the objective of the interoperability score. The data from the real-world EHR will assist in the goal.

They selected data elements from different EHR vendors. They also didn’t name any of them. All the samples were anonymous.

The researchers selected six medication and laboratory tests. They will also measure the likelihood one records carry. It records the unmodified part of the data during the transfer. They look for the specific text string.

They further detail the importance of institutional EHR. Its implementation had a high degree of interoperability. The transfer of data elements was meaningful.

Researchers explained that “Since our data were derived from oncology practices, we chose a small subset of medications, some used to treat a variety of conditions.”

The medications not so frequently prescribed have less degree of interoperability. The same goes for the laboratory values. The most they contribute is two-third.

The research expects the informatics to expand. With findings from the research, relevant measures can take place.

The solution to interoperability is long due. Different vendors are coming together with their tools. They can more seamlessly transfer data. This will also increase interoperability at the community level.

Epic brought the platform care everywhere. It only enhanced EHR interoperability. Health institutions took a great leap in 2020.

Cerner came up with their own interoperability product. Their goal was to enhance communication. Its vision was to care coordination.

The growth in interoperability will lead to better data exchange. Also, data must be available in the format. It should make better sense. It should function within their workflows. Interoperability will help in mapping data to expected standards.

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