Also, 2019 Quality Reporting Programs are already under-way, and healthcare providers and patients are entering a
whole new world of health information exchange. It has taken
a long time to get here, but adequate preparation and investment can ensure that everyone achieves interoperability.
Organizations that haven’t achieved interoperability should
further engage with their EHR/health IT vendor, and their app
“library” should have all of their available APIs prepared to
support information exchange.
This also provides a good time to review an organization’s
security risk assessments, focusing on any 2015 Certified EHR
Technology requirements-related technology changes and
API adoptions that may impact an organization’s risk profile,
technical operations, and performance with government reporting programs. HIM professionals should make sure their
organization’s IT departments are aware of these API requirements and the need to support them. This will be a truly transformative year for health IT data exchange. ¢
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A. Andrews Dean ( email@example.com) is a health IT consultant.
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