Impact Insights

Week in Review 2/27/15

Becker’s Healthcare released an article asking, “Is interoperability the new meaningful use?” The write up explores whether national interoperability can be achieved by the proposed 2017 deadline by the ONC. A 2014 KLAS Research EMR Interoperability survey is quoted and, “approximately 82 percent of responders [providers] said they felt successful about achieving interoperability, but only 6 percent reported to being at an advanced stage.” Overall, Becker’s and those interviewed by the author, including our own Dr. Dan Golder, believe that the 2017 deadline is too aggressive to achieve full EMR interoperability.

Impact Advisors’ Thoughts: We’d have to agree with Becker’s, a 166 page document mapping out a path to interoperability does seem daunting and the 2017 deadline impractical for a myriad of reasons including vendor and provider readiness. If you’re not interested in reading the whole 166 page document, download our “Driver’s Handbook” for an abbreviated and interpreted version here.