Interoperability boosts care, cuts costs, report says

03/26/2014 | Healthcare Informatics online

A white paper released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT with the Gary and Mary West Health Institute showed that medical interoperability could boost patient care and save the health care industry over $30 billion annually. The report, which summarized the discussions at a conference hosted by the groups last month, was published to encourage health care groups to promote interoperability. "ONC envisions an information-rich, consumer centered health care system that allows a patient's health information to follow them wherever they get their care," said National Health IT Coordinator Dr. Karen DeSalvo.

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