The second annual report, called Connected Healthcare: Interoperability Progress and Challenges Ahead, includes an infographic that outlines gaps in healthcare interoperability. It finds that overall, interoperability continues to improve, with the ability of organizations to boost patient satisfaction increasing from 45% last year to 63% this year, and 86% of respondents stating they are able to meet regulatory compliance requirements, Hyland and HIMSS Media said.
The following challenges remain, however:
- The most significant obstacles to improving interoperability include integration (59%), adoption (58%) consumerism (55%), managing unstructured data/content (53%), and managing multiple EMRs (48%).
- On average, 73% of unstructured patient data is still unavailable for analysis.
- Inconsistent ability to share PACS images.
- Only 11% of survey respondents use a vendor-neutral archive for DICOM and non-DICOM images.
The continued problems with integrating unstructured patient content are particularly concerning as practices shift to value-based care, Hyland said.
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