Trendwatch: Hospitals Advance Information Sharing, but External Barriers to Increased Data Exchange Remain

Hospitals are adopting health information technology (IT) to enable providers to capture and securely transmit and receive patient care and health data. This information supports clinicians in making more informed decisions at the point of care and increases efficiency by eliminating redundant tests and streamlining administrative processes. Patients also benefit by gaining easier, automated access to their health data.