New Special Publication Outlines Steps Toward Making Health Care Systems Fully Interoperable

Health care in the United States has experienced an increased adoption of electronic health records (EHR) technology in recent years, and as of 2016, 96 percent of hospitals and 78 percent of physicians’ offices were using EHRs.  Digital interoperability across clinicians, care units, facilities, and systems has become more essential because of increasing complexity in health care, the need for more seamless interfaces among clinicians, patients, and families, and the growing number of clinicians across disparate specialties that a typical patient sees.

Authored by leading national experts on health information technology, clinical operations, and health care delivery, a new National Academy of Medicine special publication examines the current state of health care IT interoperability and includes a technical supplement outlining steps for health systems to establish comprehensive, ongoing procurement strategies to achieve systemwide interoperability.

Advance copies of “Procuring Interoperability: Achieving High-Quality, Connected, and Person-Centered Care” will be available to reporters beginning at noon EDT Thursday, Oct. 11.  The publication is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 12.  To receive an embargoed copy of the special publication, reporters should contact the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail