A new report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) expands on a previous survey to provide the first national view of what patient data types office-based providers in the US electronically send, receive and search for. Originally conducted in 2015, the study provides a baseline for understanding progress towards interoperability, a key component of enabling the shift from fee-for-service to value-based care.
CDC’s new release of the survey data shows that imaging reports stand high among data types office-based physicians electronically access, indicating that image data is critical to clinical decision making.
The survey’s questions were phrased as follows:
“Do you receive patient health information from other providers and public health agencies outside your medical organization?”
“How often do you electronically search for health information from sources outside of your medical organization when seeing a new patient or an existing patient who has received services from other providers?”
“Do you send patient health information to other providers and public health agencies outside your medical organization?”
Among those that responded yes to these questions, a high percentage indicated imaging reports among the type of data they received, searched for and sent:
- 60.8% of office-based providers receive imaging reports electronically
- 58.9% of office-based providers search for imaging reports
- 56.6% of office-based providers send imaging reports electronically
The only data that office-based physicians search for and receive more frequently than imaging reports are lab results.
At the time the survey was conducted, 80% of the office-based providers surveyed were using EHRs but only 38% percent were sharing and receiving data electronically, a data point highlighting interoperability issues. Three years later, interoperability and patient data exchange continues to be a key pain point for physicians according to a recent Deloitte survey of primary and specialty care providers. Among those surveyed by Deloitte, 62% said that if they could change anything about their EHRs they would make them “more interoperable.”
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