Gaps in data leading to gaps in care: How to solve today’s data aggregation problem
The lack of interoperability between competing EHR and related health IT systems has become a huge challenge – especially now that industry transformation from volume-based to value-based care delivery is accelerating.
The essential problem: inaccessible patient data on incompatible digital silos across care communities results in incomplete data aggregation. And without access to comprehensive patient data, clinicians cannot provide optimal value-based care.
Interoperability 1.0: A partial answer
Initially addressing this problem led to first generation ”interoperability 1.0” efforts to improve data exchange between digital silos. This was primarily through Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) and other information exchange vendors and data suppliers.
The increased connectivity between digital silos led to fewer gaps in data; however, limitations remained. For example, although more data can be aggregated, it may still come in myriad forms and formats, forcing clinicians to hunt through multiple screens to find and piece together the information they need.
If clinicians can’t use the data without special effort, gaps in care can remain and the ability to meet quality goals under value-based contracting can be compromised.
Interoperability 2.0: Aggregation problem solved
Industry stakeholder groups have taken initial steps to develop next-level data aggregation capabilities to address these limitations. While an industry-wide “interoperability 2.0” environment may still be years away, the good news is there’s no need to wait.
The key is to ensure complete exchange of data and the ability to use it without special effort or extra steps. Here are the top ways health care systems and provider organizations can strengthen and leverage their existing IT investments and ensure comprehensive clinical and analytics interoperability – interoperability 2.0 – to excel in a value-based care environment.
· A proprietary, patented set of technologies locate, unlock and ingest patient records from any and all connected external sources, regardless of form or format.
· One click access to a single comprehensive, longitudinal patient record within existing workflows. There are no gaps in data and no special effort or extra steps required.
· Data stored and available for community-wide analytics to support population health and quality improvement goals under value-based contracting.
· Single-point-access to more provider networks and data, creating an exponentially larger data asset.
It’s imperative that stakeholders move beyond the limitations of interoperability 1.0 to more seamless aggregation and usability of patient data. Medicity solutions enable organizations to achieve the breadth and depth they need to build the clinically connected communities it takes to thrive in a value-based world.
Learn more by downloading our free perspective paper: Interoperability 2.0: Solving health care’s data aggregation problem.