Thursday, 12 January 2017

Hospital Impact: EHRs, health IT slouch toward 2017

2016 was a busy year for healthcare information technology in general and EHRs in particular. Electronic health records have matured—in part. Sometimes it seems like the industry takes two steps back for every step forward.

Incentive programs have evolved, but interoperability efforts have been rocky. Data analytics are more robust than ever, but on HIPAA's 20th birthday, cyberthreats are on the rise.

Let's take a look at five of the biggest EHR-related issues of the past year, how they unfolded and where we’re headed in the coming year.

1.       The evolution of the EHR incentive programs
2.       Interoperability: Two steps forward, one step back
3.       Cyberthreats on the rise
4.       A stalemate on EHRs and patient safety
5.       The maturation of EHRs—in part

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