IHE and Intel®: Delivering a Foundation for Interoperable Health Information Exchange

 

Despite the growing prevalence of electronic medical records in healthcare facilities throughout the country, coordination of care among institutions can still be a nightmare. Individual systems are rarely interoperable; The lax adherence to data standards breeds chaos, and HIPAA guidelines become more difficult to enforce; health plans are reluctant to participate particularly if the cost to implement new technology is prohibitive; and patients still approach their own health care choices passively, ill-equipped to make informed decisions.