Partnership inspires progress in our quest to continue raising the quality bar in healthcare delivery. NextGen Healthcare is proud of our long-standing partnership with The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and wholeheartedly supports its recent call to action and development of guiding principles that inform health policy and serve as a catalyst to advance interoperability.

NextGen Healthcare agrees with HIMSS that many advances have been made in the use of information and technology to achieve better health. However, there is more work ahead, and it will take greater collaboration as an industry to optimize interoperability and expand our collective efforts to help improve the health and well-being of all patients.

As I’ve noted in a previous blog, embracing data sharing is critical in today’s healthcare environment and at NextGen Healthcare we strive daily to advance interoperability in the space. We were one of the first vendors to partner with Carequality, a national-level, consensus-built, common interoperability framework. NextGen Healthcare is committed to investing in ongoing research and initiatives to spur improved information sharing among providers and vendors. In fact, in the 2017 Interoperability KLAS report, NextGen Healthcare demonstrated the greatest improvement from 2016 to 2017 among all participating vendors for access to external data and impact on care.

The healthcare IT industry as a whole suffers from a lack of deep interoperability, including exchange partners using the same EHR and between those using different EHRs.  The good news, according to the KLAS report, is that the prevalence of this issue declined a great deal from 2016 to 2017.

NextGen Healthcare appreciates the opportunity to continue its collaborative efforts with HIMSS and other partners to help address existing gaps and continue to develop longer-term solutions that make value-based care a reality.

I welcome your comments on the latest HIMSS call to action.