An Overview of Methods to Electronically Exchange Data Across Settings

The U.S. healthcare system is highly fragmented, with care and services for an individual patient being delivered across a diverse range of settings that can include primary-care clinician practices, specialists’ offices, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies, acute-care clinics, and long-term care settings. An average Medicare beneficiary has more than 15 visits annually and sees 6.4 unique physicians in a year.20

In addition, an individual might also capture information at home that is relevant to the health record that is used for care, such as blood pressure readings for patients with hypertension or blood glucose level readings for patients with diabetes. With the use of ...

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