On the road to value-based care, inadequate interoperability between diverse systems is a substantial roadblock. Although organizations are slightly better at sharing information internally, they are truly struggling with how to exchange data with external providers, payers, and other partners. Without this ability, organizations may be limited in how much they can fully pursue value-based models. In this roundtable, sponsored by Humana, several healthcare financial and information technology leaders discuss the effects of poor interoperability and how organizations can improve this key enabler of change.
How does poor interoperability affect organizations’ value-based care efforts?
Karen DeSalvo: Interoperability is one of the most important underpinnings to value-based care. It facilitates a good patient experience, keeps costs down, and ensures the best treatment. In communities that have richer, deeper, and longer experiences with health information technology (HIT), including with data sharing, there’s less waste in the system and more progress in aligning the business case around value-based care.