EHR interoperability is crucial in healthcare, allowing different EHR systems to share patient health information seamlessly. It is vital for better clinical care, efficiency, cost savings, and patient empowerment. Importantly, interoperability promotes innovation by enabling the development of new technologies that can improve patient care, making it a critical aspect of the healthcare industry.
The 21st century has seen a few attempts to increase the interoperability of EHRs. In 2016, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which granted the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) the ability to identify "reasonable and necessary activities that do not constitute information blocking." Information blocking can be activities by actors in the healthcare space to stop the free flow of electronic healthcare information. In 2020, the Congress passed the Interoperability and Patient Access final rules to improve the fluidity with which patient data can flow to providers, patients, and payers. This legislation aimed to break down barriers in the US health system that prevent patient access to their health data, tamper interoperability and innovation, and hurt patients and payers.
Despite all the efforts detailed above, EHR interoperability remains a pipe dream, thus making developing and deploying new technologies very difficult. This article discusses ways to integrate with EHR and how Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the most viable option. Before discussing EHR interoperability, let's discuss why we are discussing this topic and what XpertCoding is.