Interoperable Exchange of Patient Health Information Among U.S. Hospitals in 2023

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In 2023, significant progress was made in the interoperable exchange of patient health information among U.S. hospitals, according to a data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The report highlights increased adoption of interoperability standards and greater use of electronic health records (EHRs) to share patient data across different healthcare systems. These advancements enhance care coordination, improve patient outcomes, and support a more efficient healthcare system.

The adoption of interoperable health information exchange is crucial for improving patient care quality and safety. By enabling seamless data sharing, healthcare providers can access complete patient records, leading to better-informed clinical decisions and reduced duplication of tests and procedures. This integration supports the delivery of more efficient and effective care, ultimately benefiting both patients and healthcare providers.

Furthermore, the report underscores the importance of continued investment in health information technology to maintain and build on these gains. Ensuring widespread and standardized use of EHRs and interoperability frameworks will further enhance healthcare delivery and coordination. For more details, visit the ONC data brief.

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