True interoperability--a requirement for Stage 2 Meaningful Use and the patient-centered medical neighborhood--remains more theory than practice. Electronic health records grow more sophisticated and robust each year, but separate systems often don’t speak the same language. It has almost become a cliché to call what seems so simple--interoperability of electronic health records--the Holy Grail of health IT: long sought, but never found.

 

Interoperability facilitates the flow of necessary information to the providers caring for the same patient, allowing them to better communicate with each other and coordinate the patient’s care. Industry leaders and policymakers have made it a focus, but it remains a slow process. A recent Agency for Healthcare and Research and Quality report notes that currently, “large-scale interoperability amounts to little more than replacing fax machines with the electronic delivery of page-formatted medical records.”

 

But that’s not the case with MedAllies and its partners.

 

MedAllies Direct Solutions™ provides a simple, secure, scalable, standards-based way for participants to send authenticated, encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients via the Internet--an approach that will work across all 2014 certified EHR vendor systems. By connecting providers with certified EHR systems nationwide, MedAllies can address real-world health care gaps, specifically the lack of communications and care coordination across care transitions.

 

MedAllies Direct Solutions allows a clinician to push pertinent clinical information out of his own EHR system into the EHR of the clinician who will care for the patient next. The recipient clinician receives critical information relevant to the specific transition of care--directly into her own EHR.


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