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Healthcare leaders adopt strategies to increase EHR interoperability

May 10, 2021
Health IT
Josh Hetler
By Josh Hetler

Electronic health records (EHRs) have become an integral part of the healthcare delivery system in the past decade and will continue to evolve in the coming years. Accelerated adoption of EHRs can alleviate the tech burden on healthcare providers and add to the clinical decision-making process. Virtually all large healthcare organizations have implemented EHRs to gather and report data. This trend aligns with the shift toward value-based models of care and the adoption of technologies that provide the most efficient high-touch care.

A growing number of healthcare influencers realize the importance of effective interoperability of EHRs to enhance patient-centered care, improve communication across care teams and advance value-based initiatives. In fact, EHR interoperability is key to long-term sustainability in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, representing opportunities to maximize operational efficiencies.
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By adopting an innovative interoperability solution that meets the demands of increasingly data-oriented, value-based reimbursement business models, health systems can achieve better outcomes and optimize their population health management programs.

The good news is that Health and Human Services’ has finalized its interoperability rules to help patients gain better control of their health data via smartphone apps, prompting more urgency around optimizing interoperability to promote data exchange, lower costs, improve patient engagement and enhance quality of care.

Harnessing health date for value-based care
In today’s complex healthcare environment, value-based care enablement solutions can empower providers to identify open care gaps for proactive closure and provide payer-agnostic data to inform clinical, quality and risk adjustment programs for improvements in quality and risk adjustment scores and patient outcomes.

What’s more, the ability to integrate patient information allows for better management of care that also takes into account social determinants of health (SDOH) – environmental conditions that impact a wide range of health, functioning and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.

When records and data are properly organized and able to be analyzed, healthcare providers are better able to recognize areas of waste and potential issues that could be remedied with financial support. This capability leads to a more efficient system and fosters value-based care that relies on effective and fully interoperable EHR systems.

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