Coverage & Commentary

Interoperability is all the rage. Why don’t we have it?

Maybe you haven’t heard but interoperability is all the rage these days. At the recent HIMSS16, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced a major push forward in the effort to achieve interoperability of EHR. Companies that provide 90% of EHRs used by U.S. hospitals, including Epic and athenahealth, have agreed to increase patient access, no information blocking, and adoption of federally recognized interoperability standards.

But those goals are easier said than done. And will they really improve EHR workflow and patient care?…