Interoperability progress: How these 16 health systems plan to unlock health care data

by Jill Reeves, MHA on Mar 21, 2016

Stakeholders commit to halting practice of 'information blocking'


The Obama administration on Monday announced commitments from various health care stakeholders to help advance the interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs).

HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society convention said participants in the initiative pledged to:

  • Implement national interoperability standards;
  • Improve electronic data sharing among providers, including by halting the practice of "information blocking"; and
  • Make it easier for patients to access and use information in their EHRs, including by assisting consumers with accessing their electronic health information.

Burwell said, "It's great to have an [EHR], but if that record can't be easily accessed by doctors and patients because of clunky technology, then we aren't consistently seeing the benefit."

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Jill Reeves has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has worked exclusively in the fields of market research, statistical analysis and healthcare interactive/digital marketing. Before joining CQuence Health Group as marketing manager, Jill was director of communications and new media for PRC, a nationwide healthcare market research organization. Jill earned a master's degree in healthcare administration from Bellevue University and a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska in Kearney. She is a published author and avid student of social media and emerging communication trends.


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