In response to August's Senate Appropriations Bill calling for an investigation into interoperability, the Electronic Health Record Association submitted its own request: that a nationwide patient-data matching strategy be developed to support interoperability.
Interoperability benefits health care systems in a variety of ways, from streamlining clinical processes to reducing costs associated with readmissions. To get the most out of sharing patient information across systems and between hospitals, the implementation of advanced data exchange tools is highly recommended.
Big data and advanced software are changing the way that health care is practiced across the world. One area that big data is making a large impact in particular is the pandemic currently spreading from West Africa: Ebola.