HIEs and interoperability: 6 statistics on quality, efficiency

The majority of physicians who electronically exchange data report health information exchanges are overall beneficial to their practice. However, physicians also often experience barriers to data sharing capability implementation.

Here are six statistics on the quality and efficiency of HIEs and interoperability, reported in the ONC's National Health Information Exchange and Interoperability Landscape report.

1. One-quarter of providers reported HIEs increase the practice's liability due to other providers lacking adequate privacy and/or security safeguards.

2. Thirty-eight percent of providers said electronically exchanging data decreases their ability to separate sensitive health information from other data being exchanged.

3. Vendor costs are concerning for some providers, as 42 percent indicated seeing increased costs.

4. Sixty-four percent of providers said HIEs required multiple systems or portals.

5. However, 80 percent of providers reported electronic data exchanges increase their practice's efficiency.

6. Furthermore, 89 percent of providers said electronic data exchanges improve the patient's quality of care.

The data for the report were gathered from meaningful use data, the National Electronic Health Record survey, NCHS Workflow survey, AHA Health IT Supplement, ONC Survey of Clinical Laboratories and self-reported data from state HIE program grantees.

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