EMR Software Pro provided the following commentary on HIE technology and interoperability. This is insightful considering the current emphasis on Meaningful Use.
When comparing EMR software solutions, keep in mind the need for connectivity with outside systems: local hospitals, labs, transcription services, and many other beyond those. It’s crucial that the vendors you are considering can currently accommodate exports and imports via interfaces. You will want to exchange at least demographics, labs, meds, allergies, problems.
Read the rest of the article about the EMR selection process.
Be sure to learn more about each vendors plans to be a part of future HIEs and allow you to take advantage of the increased communication, information, and cooperation. This will also come into play if you have intentions to participate in an Accountable Care Organization in the future.
The regulations on Accountable Care Organizations will be released shortly from the ONC. We will learn at that time how much IT will play into this. For certain, EMRs will be critical to the success.