Jane Sarasohn-Kahn has a great chart on her Health Populi blog which shows how healthcare shares health data:
The chart is great even if the results are pretty awful. Plus, the data is a little dated. I wonder how those numbers have changed since early 2015.
Amazing that the top 3 forms of data exchange in healthcare were old analogue technologies: paper, information (phone), and fax.
This will come as no surprise to anyone in healthcare. I do find it interesting that the 4th most popular method is scanning the documents directly to the provider. That illustrates that most clinics would love to have an electronic option for sharing data, but there’s not an easier way. The options that are currently available are too hard. If they were easier, then I believe almost every practice would adopt them.
With all the benefits of direct exchanges, HIE, portals, Direct, FHIR, etc, it’s amazing that a simple document scan sent directly to a clinic is more popular. It makes me take a step back and wonder if we’ve over complicated the process of health data exchange.
Would the best option be to step back and make exchange much easier? Could we strip out all the extra features that are nice but impede participation from so many?
I can’t wait for the day that my health data is available wherever it’s needed. The first step to that reality might be taking a step back and simplifying the exchange of data.