Pushing Forward on Interoperability to Improve Patient Care

By Tina Grande and Janet Marchibroda

National Health IT Week is an important week for those in healthcare to speak up about the critical role health IT plays in advancing better health and healthcare. The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) are working together to advance interoperability of systems and electronic information sharing in the U.S. to support better health outcomes and higher quality, safer, more cost-effective, patient-centered care for individuals and populations

Both organizations have had a long-standing commitment to interoperability.  In fact, four years ago, HLC and BPC hosted a roundtable with public- and private-sector leaders to discuss the challenges of accessing federal health data and standards for sharing heath data.  A report was produced from that meeting, with the goal to move towards interoperability by 2019.

We are in the process of conducting research and engaging experts and stakeholders to measure progress, identify barriers, and gain agreement on private and public sector actions that are needed to advance interoperability and data access to improve health and health care. Interviews with more than 50 health care leaders have been conducted to inform these efforts. The results of these efforts will be released in early 2019.