American Medical News: Some EHRs in danger of missing data connections

An EHR that meets meaningful use certification requirements may not necessarily be able to connect and exchange data with all the entities providers want it to. Experts are now advising doctors to consider what data exchange they plan to implement and make sure the EHR they use is capable of meeting those needs. American Medical News recently interviewed Dixon Davis, vice president of business development at AAPC Physician Services, on EHRs and meaningful use.

“The exchange requirements EHRs must meet to be certified for meaningful use are limited mostly to exchange between one organization and another, not across multiple settings,” Davis says. “Physicians will need to talk with the organizations with whom they plan to exchange data — including labs, other practices, hospitals and health information organizations — to find out what capabilities their systems must have.”

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