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Enhanced IT Infrastructure Key Element in Healthcare Interoperability

January 23, 2019 / Fred Donovan

A cost-effective, enhanced IT infrastructure is one of the key elements outlined in a new report laying out an agenda to promote healthcare interoperability prepared by the American Hospital Association (AHA) and six other national hospital associations. The report called for consistent employment of standards, a common vocabulary, and ‘rules of the road’ to securely connect information-sharing networks in order to improve the ability to distribute information within and across healthcare settings, between providers of care, with individuals, and within the marketplace. This health IT infrastructure should be updated regularly to keep pace with technology changes. “The end goal is complete data sharing via a non-proprietary, vendor-neutral data exchange platform, similar to how the country is served by cable technology,” the report stressed.