How Real-Time Data Can Significantly Improve the Quality of Patient Care
While the healthcare community has since rightly shifted from focusing on HHS’ rules to battling COVID-19, the pandemic has underscored the need and value for the industry to advance interoperability and make better use of real-time data in the delivery of care.
There’s more to interoperability than just exchanging data between medical devices and systems; true interoperability enables a significant reduction in medical errors and empowers clinicians to make more well-informed decisions.
It’s important to understand that interoperability is a journey, not a destination and its progress depends on three important factors, according to the Center for Connected Medicine’s interoperability survey:
- Commitment by senior leadership;
- Financial incentives that encourage organizations to share data with one another and with individual patients (with penalties for not doing so); and
- Advances in tools and technologies.
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