Chaired by Dr. David Brailler, National Health Information Technology Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services, the Centre for Information Technology Leadership in the US, generated a report that demonstrates the value of Interoperability at a national level - resulting in savings in the range of $77.8 billion annually in the US. This makes a strong business case for creating systems interoperability.
Healthcare Information Exchange and Interoperability
(HIEI) is technology that enables the electronic flow of information
among medical organizations.
While individual organizations are making progress in digitizing
administrative transactions and providing clinical information to
clinicians, the exchange of this type of information among
organizations is nascent. To determine the value in adopting HIEI, we
examined transactions among the main stakeholders in patient care and
projected the value for each, at different levels of sophistication.
We found that moving to standardized HIEI would deliver $77.8 billion
in annual savings in the United States.
Other conclusions include:
* Standardized HIEI provides better returns than non-standardized HIEI
* Providers would realize annual new returns of $33.5 billion with full implementation of standardized HIEI
* Other stakeholders, such as labs, payers, and pharmacies, would also benefit from standardized HIEI.