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Get everything you need to know about interoperability in healthcare and what it means for hospitals and providers today.

Total Care Coordination

Interoperability is the key to clinical integration, the process of continually aligning patient care across the health care continuum to reduce costs and improve care quality and access. Allowing connections across platforms and care systems will translate to total health care coordination between disparate providers, facilities, and agencies. This coordination of care will benefit individual patients as well as communities and public health efforts, as the flow of valuable health information facilitates a comprehensive understanding of a patient's health status and clinical progress. 

The Health IT task force appointed by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) submitted a final report in October 2015 regarding the status and future of interoperability in HIT for the next 10 years. The final report, "Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap," identifies key components to the success of a national system of interoperability, including consistency in certification, data semantics, and data formats, and security in delivering and accessing information. The report also outlines positive outcomes of an interoperable system of care coordination. 

According to the task force, positive outcomes include the ability to access, contribute to, and direct health information to any electronic location; consistent use and sharing of comprehensive patient information from all relevant sources; and the ability to track progress and success of the care delivered.14



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