29% of providers think federal guidelines are sufficient enough to attain interoperability: 9 survey insights

Just 29 percent of providers believe federal policies, committees and regulations are sufficient to help the nation achieve interoperability by 2020, according to a recent eHealth Initiative survey supported by GE Healthcare.

For the survey, eHealth Initiative curated multiple choice and open-ended responses from 107 respondents in the healthcare industry — 21 percent of whom held executive leadership roles and 19 percent held IT leadership roles.

Here are nine survey insights.  

1. Seventy-nine percent of respondents agree that strong interoperability capabilities are a key IT requirement for a successful transition to value-based care.

2. Sixty-eight percent of respondents say current interoperability marketplace solutions are not meeting their needs as they transition to value-based care.

3. Almost half (47 percent) of respondents believe the healthcare industry should self regulate its technology, devices and standards.

4. Seventy-two percent of respondents report they are very concerned about changing federal regulatory requirements and the costs associated with them, while 71 percent say additional federal incentives need to be created or redesigned to enable delivery system transformation.

5. More than half (57 percent) of respondents say they understand the current regulatory requirements for meaningful use and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

6. EHR vendors (68 percent), revenue cycle or billing vendors (38 percent) or imaging IT vendors (30 percent) more often help providers understand patient access regulatory requirements.  

7. Thirty-five percent of respondents are confident providers clearly understand which clinical information can be legally shared with other providers and payers.

8. Forty percent of respondents saw a minimal increase in patients asking to see their medical data.

9. Patients want to share lab information (68 percent), imaging results (56 percent) and prescription information (51 percent) with other clinicians, but are not as interested in sharing medication adherence data (15 percent), exercise data (12 percent) and diet tracking information (8 percent).

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