Certification and Interoperability – homecare’s future depends on it

The Town Hall Meeting on Health IT Interoperability, Standards & Certification was moderated by Richard D. Brennan Jr., VP for Technology Policy, Government Affairs, NAHC, and Executive Director, HCTAA. It was packed with valuable information, below are just some of the highlights.

Alisa Ray, Executive Director and CEO, CCHIT noted:

A provider business case moves the market. No incentive funding may be available but…

  • Emergence of ACOs and bundled payment contracts necessitate information exchange across business boundaries
  • Costs of connecting EHRs to HIEs remain daunting
  • And clinicians are reluctant to leave their EHR based workflow and go to a website to look up outside information on their patients
  • Voluntary LTPAC EHR certification, including interoperability, would enable clinicians to view and download patient information originating outside their organizations without interrupting their work, and lower costs of writing separate interfaces for each EHR or HIT system

Elizabeth Palena Hall, LTPAC Coordinator, State HIE Project Officer suggested:

  • Ask your EHR vendor if they are certified and able to exchange standards based data with other health care providers in your community.

Marian Yeager, Executive Director, Healtheway, Inc summed up the benefits of connecting the nation through secure, interoperable data exchanges this way:

  • Enables exchange of data with other participants in the eHealth Exchange community without additional testing or one off agreements
  • Recognition as part of trusted community
  • Confidence that the connection can be trusted since every participant is expected to meet the conditions for trust
  • Cost effective and efficient (national level ROI) since all participants exchange under a common trust and interoperability framework
  • Compliance enforced by contract and an oversight committee
  • Functional and scalable shared services that help you find exchange partners
  • Contributes toward measures for MU2 related to the transitions of care and referrals objective

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