New data: Google Cloud’s recently released research finds that nearly all physicians say interoperability should be a top priority for hospitals and health systems. Google Cloud and The Harris Poll surveyed 303 physicians online in June 2020.
Where does Google Cloud fit in? Google Cloud has been inching into the interoperability space in the last year to break down data sharing barriers and facilitate streamlined care.
What’s standing in the way? Interoperability barriers not only slow clinicians down, but impede their ability to provide the best care possible.
Clinicians are often forced to hunt down data stuck in silos to gather a complete, actionable picture of a patient’s health. Some electronic health record vendors and health systems lack enough incentive to share data with their competitors and instead practice information blocking—which can lead to wasteful healthcare costs, unnecessary care, and duplicate tests.
And in many cases, when data is exchanged, it isn’t formatted in a way that is easily understandable by the clinicians receiving it—something the CMS is trying to tackle with its Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR) API mandate, which would standardize the language of healthcare data.
Even though the government has started to enforce interoperability policies in the 21st Century Cures Act and the CMS’ Interoperability and Patient Access rule, there’s a broad lack of readiness around these provisions: