If I were forced to define the current state of healthcare in as few words possible (at least through the private practice lens) I would have to say its a… beautiful disaster.
All across America more and more agencies are implementing EHR, including federal agencies like the Department of Defense, and State Correctional systems like the one i consulted for in Connecticut.
With all of the EHR adoption currently it would make sense to reason that we are very close to a fully interoperable system.
Unfortunately, that is absolutely not the case (I will certainly speak more to this in a future post, so be sure to stay tuned).
So, what does the private practice have to work with today?
EMR – Electronic Medical Records
PMS – Practice Management Systems
Outside Labs and Radiology Providers
Community Agencies and Providers
HIE – Health Information Exchange
HL7 – Health Level 7
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