According to a new issue brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT, the technical and administrative infrastructure that receives EHR data must be updated as the volume of data coming in continues to increase substantially.
More healthcare practices are adopting health IT tools as they realize the vast benefits such as reporting data faster, allowing for better communication, and more efficient recording. As these practices switch over to implementing health IT tools, the surge of data increases and the portals that process the information must be capable to collect all that information, in order for it to be used beneficially.
As things continue to move quickly, there are still some kinks to work out, such as establishing the proper infrastructure to support real-time data collection, making sure physicians are reporting correctly and not using unstructured free-text, and organizing the data in a uniform and structured way.
The goal is to harmonize HIT standards and implementation guides to improve communication between clinical care and public health entities for different types of reporting.