In a commentary published Saturday in Modern Healthcare, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack and Federation of American Hospitals President and CEO Chip Kahn illustrate why it’s so important for the nation to fully achieve the secure exchange of patient health data and highlight what it will take. “Imagine if your iPhone could only ring other iPhones, but not connect calls or send text messages to Android-based mobile devices,” they say. “That wouldn’t render your phone useless, but its value as a communications tool would be greatly diminished. The telecommunications sector has wisely avoided this situation, designing connectivity systems that bridge technical variations between manufacturers, models and operating systems. We must do the same for patients. Our recently released report, ‘Sharing Data, Savings Lives’ (AHA.org/interoperability) is a collaborative wake-up call from seven of the nation’s leading hospital associations about the critical importance of crossing the finish line to full interoperability of patient health data.”

Related News Articles

Headline
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released additional FAQs on its May 2020 final rule on interoperability and patient access. The new FAQs…
Headline
The AHA supports adding data classes and elements to future versions of the U.S. Core Data for Interoperability to capture standardized data on social…
Headline
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released interpretive guidance on hospital admission, discharge, and transfer notification requirements…
Headline
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday extended from Feb. 8 to March 17 the deadline for inpatient prospective payment system hospitals and…
Headline
The AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to extend the deadline for hospitals to submit 2020 data for the Medicare Promoting…
Headline
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology yesterday released for comment proposed changes to the United States Core Data for…