Experts say that electronic health records and health information exchanges are difficult to implement for healthcare providers in rural regions, NHIN Watch reports.
However, the experts cited HealthBridge, which is a health information exchange company that serves 17 counties in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. They added that the ability to share and transfer information is important to hospitals and medical centers.
“The flow of information back to the provider setting is the foundation of HealthBridge,” David Groves, executive director of the company’s regional extension center, told the news source.
Electronic health records are revolutionizing some areas of the healthcare industry because once the data is entered and connected to health information exchanges, doctors can see the data in real time. Experts added that revenue initiatives that pay for quality improvement programs may optimize the doctor’s use of clinical information technology.
This demonstrates the need for people who have acquired a degree in health information technology to help implement and monitor electronic health record systems and health information exchanges between hospitals.