New Report Says Interoperability, Data Integration Needed To Improve Individual Health
A new report supported by AHRQ lays out recommendations for a health information technology (IT) infrastructure that could not only achieve interoperability among electronic health records but also integrate data. Such data could include information from personal health devices, patient collaborative networks and social media, and environmental, demographic and genomic data. “Data for Individual Health”examines how health information is used and shared across the health care system and makes recommendations about the use of standards and incentives to allow information sharing. The report, supported through a partnership between AHRQ, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, comes as ONC is developing a federal health IT strategic plan for a shared, nationwide interoperability roadmap to ensure that information can be securely shared across an emerging health IT infrastructure.