Survey: Clinicians Say Interoperability Barrier to HIE | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Survey: Clinicians Say Interoperability Barrier to HIE

October 5, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

According to a recent survey from the Washington D.C.-based Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), clinicians believe that electronic exchange of health information will have a positive impact on healthcare, but many say interoperability is a huge barrier to its success. Of the clinicians surveyed, about 70 percent say the lack of an information exchange infrastructure, and the cost of setting up and maintaining interfaces and exchanges will prevent health information exchange (HIE) from happening.

The survey, which was fielded by various provider-based organizations, looked to find out the needs and preferences of clinicians regarding electronic health information: what type of information they want in various care transitions, how they would like to receive it, and how quickly.

In other findings, more than 80 percent of clinicians surveyed believe that medication lists, relevant laboratory test results, and relevant imaging test results are very important or essential types of patient health information to receive during transitions of care. They also found discharge summaries, a reason for referral, and a summary of care document to be important as well.

Most respondents advocated in favor of a secure email function. When asked how they would like to receive or access information from other care settings to support clinical decision making, more than half of clinicians surveyed indicate they would like only the information they characterize as “essential” to be “pushed” to them with the ability to access the rest of the information through a query.

In terms of timeliness, “a clear majority” said within 24 hours is a reasonable timeframe for the exchange of information when a patient requires follow-up care or is being treated for an urgent problem. In terms of how clinicians want to update their EHRs (if they currently use them) with information received from an external source, 57 percent of clinicians surveyed said they prefer to selectively “pick and choose” the external information they want to integrate into their own EHR.

The complete results of the survey can be found here: http://bipartisanpolicy.org/sites/default/files/Clinician%20Survery_format%20%282%29.pdf

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

MGMA: Physician Compensation Data Illustrates Nationwide PCP Shortage

Primary care physicians’ compensation rose by more than 10 percent over the past five years, representing an increase which is nearly double that of specialty physicians’ compensation over the same period, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Circulation, Buoy Health Collaborate on Integrated Platform for Patient Transportation

Boston-based startup Circulation Health, a ride-ordering exchange that coordinates medical transportation logistics using Lyft and other transportation partners, is partnering with Buoy Health, also based in Boston, to integrate their platforms to provide patients with an end-to-end healthcare experience.

HITRUST Provides NIST Cybersecurity Framework Certification

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), security and privacy standards development and accreditation organization, announced this week a certification program for the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework (Framework).

Report: Interoperability in NHS England Faces Similar Barriers as U.S. Healthcare

Electronic patient record interoperability in NHS England is benefiting patient care, but interoperability efforts are facing barriers, including limited data sharing and cumbersome processes falling outside of the clinician workflow, according to a KLAS Research report.

Geisinger National Precision Health Hires Illumina Exec to Lead Business Development

Integrated health system Geisinger has hired a high-profile genetic counselor to head up business development for Geisinger National Precision Health, which was created to extend the Geisinger model on the national scene.

$30M VC Fund Launched to Spur Innovation in Cardiovascular Care

The American Heart Association, together with Philips and UPMC, has announced the launch of Cardeation Capital, a $30 million collaborative venture capital fund designed to spur healthcare innovation in heart disease and stroke care.