Pew Calls on Federal Agencies to Improve Health IT Interoperability, Usability

Pew Calls on Federal Agencies to Improve Health IT Interoperability, Usability

The Pew Charitable Trusts submitted comments May 31 to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in response to draft rules on health IT required by the 21st Century Cures Act. Pew calls for action to improve the ability of electronic health record systems to share data with each other and better testing to ensure that their design and implementation do not inadvertently put patients at risk of harm, as well as to improve care coordination for patients with opioid use disorder. 

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Electronic Tools Can Strengthen Health Care Data Access, Sharing

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Much of the internet used daily by millions of Americans is powered by tools that allow the transfer and use of data from many sources. Websites display numerous new tweets in real time, applications aggregate personal spending habits and investments, and widgets show the current weather. These tools, called application programming interfaces (APIs), enable easy and prompt access to data through algorithms so that information can be shared and used in creative ways.

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A new study finds that consistent use of standards for demographic data would help link patients’ records from various providers, no matter where they seek care. Many of the standards, such as the address format used by the U.S. Postal Service, are already in use in other settings, but not consistently when it comes to matching in health care.

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