The benefits of Promoting Interoperability (PI) are numerous. However, the main benefit is the overarching ability to enhance the healthcare experience for the patient and the healthcare provider in ways that advance the quality of medical care.
There are several health-enhancing goals that are the focus for PI that translate directly into benefits for both patients and medical professionals.
It is no secret that medical mistakes can and do happen. Sometimes, these disparities of care can have very dire consequences. Avoiding them is the goal, but reducing them is a first step. With meaningful use of an EHR, it will be possible to reduce the number of disparities that occur, because the records kept will be better, more thorough, and easier to access quickly. That will raise the quality of the care patients are getting, and improve the safety of every patient, along with making the medical care experience more efficient for everyone.
As medical professionals see where the problems lie, the changes they make will affect not only their current patients, but the public. The overall health of the entire population can be improved over time by more careful measuring of where it is now.
Patients who see multiple doctors for a variety of issues can find that care coordination can be improved. With meaningful use and interoperability of the EHR, this coordination will be vastly improved. That means fewer missed issues, and a better relationship between a patient and all of his or her doctors.
Patient information should always be kept private and secure. Electronic health records are an excellent way to do that, and the guidelines that are put in place with Promoting Interoperability help ensure that medical professionals and hospitals will all be on the same page when it comes to the way records are stored and shared.