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Healthcare interoperability: Creating a clearer view of patients

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P. 2 For many patients, their journey through the healthcare system can be complex. It may include multiple physicians from different hospitals, clinics or practices. Each of these interactions generates critical patient data, creating a need for data exchange and interoperability across systems. 1 All stakeholders across the healthcare industry need access to different pieces of this data, and there must be appropriate controls to ensure the right information goes to the right place. Frictionless data exchange among payers, providers and vendors constitutes true interoperability — a necessary ingredient for increased patient safety and satisfaction, reduced care costs and improved care coordination. 1 While these goals are intuitive, the healthcare sector has been slow to achieve true interoperability, which encompasses not just data interoperability but semantic and syntactic interoperability as well. This three-level approach ensures data can be shared throughout the health system, in a common data language, while retaining its core meaning. The most recent statistics show that, even in 2015, half of US hospitals couldn't electronically find patient health information from outside providers. And, even if they could find the data, roughly the same percentage were unable to electronically integrate it into their own data stores, processes and care decisions in a meaningful way. 2 Healthcare stakeholders need a clearer, more comprehensive view of patients, and cloud-based data services from Amazon Web Services are making it possible today. AWS' verified Healthcare Competency Partners have a proven track record in storing, transmitting and analyzing clinical data across the various touchpoints in the patient journey. They provide both flexibility and customization, so organizations can incorporate new tools to their existing systems, creating tailored interoperability solutions for their specific needs. With the global network of AWS' regions and its strong support of health information exchange, health systems can break down data silos, creating a single pane of glass through which care teams can view patients' complete medical histories and care needs. In 2015, half of US hospitals couldn't electronically find patient health information from outside providers.

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