As the US healthcare system continues to become more digital and transitions to value-based care, interoperability remains an issue. Here are 9 startups that are connecting the clinical dots.
Electronic health records (EHR) are designed to organize patient data more effectively and efficiently than paper records, thereby reducing healthcare costs and improving patient outcomes.
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According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, 96% of US hospitals and 86% of US office-based physicians have adopted an EHR system as of 2017.
However, interoperability — the ability for providers and patients to access and exchange health records — continues to be a major issue that could lead to costly and dangerous medication errors, duplication in testing, uncoordinated care, or lack of access to vital patient information during emergencies.
Last year CMS and ONC proposed interoperability-related rules that could make some form of interoperability mandatory for providers, payers, and IT companies.
Healthcare IT companies like McKesson, Health Catalyst, and Allscripts have already been making acquisitions and developing in-house capabilities to improve interoperability — but they’re not the only ones working to resolve these issues.
In this brief, we highlight 9 startups that are tackling healthcare interoperability through cross-continuum care coordination, integration and infrastructure, and health information exchanges.