Friday, April 27, 2012

Journal of the American Medical Association on Challenges to Electronic Healthcare Data Sharing

A member of the Harvard School of Public Health published an article in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on the barriers to health information exchange in the U.S. health care system.
#1 barrier hindering the widespread exchange of electronic health data is data privacy and security concerns. - Ashish Jha of the Harvard School of Public Health and Julia Adler Milstein of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
"The vision of complete patient information available across care delivery settings is compelling and central to a high-functioning health care system. However, the vision is deceptively simple: there are enormous challenges to enabling clinical data to flow across organizations."
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Sources:
(a) Sharing Clinical Data Electronically, A Critical Challenge for Fixing the Health Care System - JAMA, April 25, 2012, Vol 307, No. 16, pp 1669-1766

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