Nearly 50 leading electronic health record (EHR) vendors, health care systems, and major medical and health care associations have voluntarily pledged to take steps to improve the flow and exchange of electronic health care information (http://1.usa.gov/1oKInoj). One key step is the adoption of the Health Level 7–Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard, which will enable consumers to quickly retrieve information such as test results from EHRs or contact their physician using their smartphones and tablets. The EHR vendors, health care systems, and associations have committed to sharing electronic health data as permitted by law and refrain from deliberately blocking access to information. In addition, to ensure uniform technical standards, these organizations also agreed to use the recommended best practices for existing and emerging interoperability standards established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (http://bit.ly/1pGS7AP).
Julie A. Jacob. Vendors and Stakeholders Commit to Improving Health Information Flow. JAMA. 2016;315(16):1692. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.4574