AHRQ Health IT Update: Data for Individual Health

Interoperability, Integration of Data, Needed to Improve Individual Health 

A new report supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) lays out recommendations for an infrastructure that could not only achieve interoperability among electronic health records (EHRs), but could also integrate data from all walks of life—including data from personal health devices, patient collaborative networks, social media, environmental and demographic data and genomic data. Data for Individual Health, looks at how health information is used and shared across the health care system and makes recommendations about the use of standards and incentives to allow sharing of health information.

The report, made possible through partnership between AHRQ, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, comes at a time when ONC is in the process of developing a federal health IT strategic plan for a shared, nationwide interoperability roadmap, to ensure that information can be securely shared across an emerging health IT infrastructure. Select to access the report: http://healthit.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/docs/publication/2014-jason-data-for-individual-health.pdf.