The Health Data Interoperability Highway Is Coming. Is Your Organization Ready?

Not many of us remember a time when there weren’t interstates widely available to help us get to where we need to go. Winding roads and sleepy towns can be nostalgic, but they’re not great time savers when time is of the essence.

At a macro level, The Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) promises to be the interoperability superhighway for healthcare data, speeding information on patients from care facility and care provider — regardless of location or healthcare entity — to where it’s currently needed. That could be a routine visit with a new provider or it could be a life-and-death situation where an unconscious patient is wheeled into the Emergency Department with no family member present to provide any context about the patient, co-morbidities, or prescriptions.

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