January 14, 2019

ONC 2018 report recommends shared access to clinical data

Patients, providers and payers need shared access to clinical data and insights in order to generate real value from that data, according to a new report published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

In ONC’s 2018 Update on the Adoption of a Nationwide System for the Electronic Use and Exchange of Health Information, the group responsible for leading national health IT efforts outlines its recommendations for future actions the Department of Health and Human Services will support through its policies. All of the recommendations focus on data sharing to better understand clinical data while providing access to patients, increasing transparency and promoting efficiency. The overarching recommendations are as follows:

  • Focus on improving interoperability and upgrading technical capabilities of health IT, so patients can securely access, aggregate, and move their health information using their smartphones (or other devices) and health care providers can easily send, receive, and analyze patient data.

  • Increase transparency in data sharing practices and strengthen technical capabilities of health IT so payers can access population-level clinical data to promote economic transparency and operational efficiency to lower the cost of care and administrative costs.

  • Prioritize improving health IT and reducing documentation burden, time inefficiencies, and hassle for health care providers, so they can focus on their patients rather than their computers.

Today, the report outlines, patients lack access to their own data, providers lack access to insights at the point of care, and payers lack access to clinical outcomes data to assess the success of clinical services.

Patients suffer when healthcare enterprises can’t connect. In order to make ONC’s recommendations a reality, healthcare must transition to a connected mindset, transitioning from paper to digital and data collection to insight connection, all in service of value based care. This reality is made possible by platform technology that allows for connection across enterprises and insight delivery at the point of care.

Read the full ONC report here.

Learn more about Apervita’s platform here.

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