Health Leaders: Interoperability remains one of the greatest challenges in health information technology, and resolving these issues holds great promise to enhance innovation. As we move into a new year, a recent report by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology sheds light on the state of interoperability and where health systems should focus to make continued progress.
Where do the biggest problems lie? The most common reason for not using information received electronically from outside the hospital system is difficulty integrating information into the EHR. The greatest barrier to sending information via electronic exchange is difficulty locating providers’ addresses.