A 360-degree view of the care patients receive will require the next generation of “connections”, like those between EMRs and health information exchange (HIE) organizations. While the federal government prods interoperability among EMRs, HIEs can provide a critical link to bridge these systems. One of the most pressing problems to solve to achieve true interoperability is how to make the data fit from outside systems within the existing system and workflow of physicians in a wide swath of settings.
Hancock Regional Health’s IT team looked to IHIE to help support this more seamless data flow for their physicians. By providing clinical results directly into their EMR system, IHIE connects the dots so the information follows the patient and the physician can view it how and when they need it. As these two organizations look to the future, the goal will be to expand the type and amount of information, like care coordination reports, to help support the entire footprint of their patients’ care.