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EHR Interoperability Benefits Not Related to Physician Data Sharing

Posted on February 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I always love when someone can take a subject and expand my thinking on that subject. Whenever I thought about EHR interoperability I always thought about it from the perspective of a physician sharing that data with another physician. In this case it would be one EHR sharing with another EHR (possibly with an HIE in the middle). In a recent post, Dr. Doug Fridsma from ONC, (I love that ONC blogs) expanded my thinking when it comes to the possible benefits associated with data standards and EHR data sharing when he shared the following list:

  • Patient safety advocates may want to use EHR systems to collect patient safety information, leveraging existing standards like the AHRQ “common format” for patient safety reporting
  • Providers and researchers may want to use the EHR systems to collect data for clinical research, including patient-centered outcomes research, and to identify patients who could benefit from participating in a research study
  • Providers may want to give referrals to their patients for community services, like smoking cessation or weight management programs, after discussing these topics with them during an office visit
  • Providers working with disease surveillance case report forms may wish to collect additional information about reportable conditions, such as infectious diseases
  • Provider’s office staff can use EHR’s to gain pre-authorization of certain kinds of medical devices where health payers may want to leverage clinical information collected in EHRs to support additional review of expensive medical equipment.

After just publishing my recent post about The Coming Physician EHR Revolt, I can’t help but ask what any of the above items do to help a doctor. The last one could help a physician’s workflow, but the rest of them have limited specific value to a physician. This is one of the challenges with EHR data sharing. Doctors don’t buy and implement an EHR because they want to give better referrals to their patients for community services. There’s a mismatch between providers’ needs and healthcare data exchange desires.

FutureMed from Singularity University Live Stream

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John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

For those who love to think about some of the future of medicine, check out the live stream of the FutureMed event (embedded below).



Live broadcast by Ustream

Here’s the agenda:
8:30am PST Morning Session: Introduction to Exponential Technologies
Peter Diamandis MD (Chairman, Xprize, Co-founder of Singularity University)
Dan Barry MD PhD (3 time NASA Astronaut) on Robotics & 3D Printing
Neil Jacobstein (Singularity University) on Artificial Intelligence
Brad Templeton on Information Technology
Salim Ismail on Implications of Exponential Technology

1:15pm PST Afternoon Session: Data Driven Healthcare
Larry Smarr (UCSD, CalIT2)
John Mattison MD (CMIO of Kaiser Permanente)
Christopher Longhurst MD (CMIO Packard Children’s Hospital @Stanford)
Dan Riskin MD (Health Fidelity, Stanford Medical School)
Julia Hu (CEO, Lark)

5pm PST Artificial Intelligence & New Paradigms for Health & Medicine
Marty Kohn MD (IBM Watson)
Vinod Khosla (Khosla Ventures)

8pm PST Future of Oncology
Jack Andraka (Winner of the 2012 Intel International Science Fair)
Ron Levy MD (Professor Stanford Medical School, Former Chair of Oncology)