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Study Finds Less Than One-Third of EHRs Fully Interoperable

Less than 30% of health system EHRs are fully interoperable, and less than 20% actually use data transferred from another provider, according to a new study, writes Fierce Healthcare. The research, published in Health Affairs, quantifies what many throughout the industry—including federal officials—have highlighted as a priority for EHRs moving forward. Using data from the 2014 and 2015 American Hospital Association’s annual survey, researchers at Harvard, the University of California San Francisco and a senior advisor at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT found health systems have improved slightly when it comes to searching, sending, receiving and integrating patient data.

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