HIMSS first blush

The first big piece of news out of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 convention in Las Vegas is a pledge on the part of 17 of the largest players in the EHR space committing to improve interoperability.

NEMT CEO Linda Sullivan

According to the announcement by HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, technology vendors, some of their customers, and provider associations are committing to three things:  Improving patient access to their records in an EHR.

In addition, they have pledged to help providers share patient health information as permitted by federal privacy laws and, of significance, not block exchange of electronic health information.

Finally, a commitment was made to implement “federally recognized, national interoperability standards and practices and adopt best practices, including those related to privacy and security.”

This is a great step forward to improve the patient experience including access to their records and the ability for analysis to be done in the future to recognize trends.  “Today’s commitments are a critical first step,” Burwell said. “I look forward to all we will accomplish together, this week and beyond.”

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