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Study: Health-system mergers don’t necessarily mean better interoperability

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This is from FierceHealthcare:

“A common refrain from health systems justifying the acquisition of another provider has been that consolidation will make data-sharing an easier task. But new research shows horizontal hospital consolidation itself doesn’t always translate to improved interoperability.

Using data from the 2014 American Hospital Association (AHA) annual survey and the 2015 IT supplement that included more than 2,000 hospitals, researchers found that only those systems with a specific business model, centralized physician arrangements and an integrated insurance offering were more likely to achieve key measures of interoperability.

In other words, consolidation alone wasn’t enough to incentivize data sharing. Centralized organizational governance coupled with diverse service offerings in hospitals throughout the system was a bigger influence on data sharing than common ownership alone, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Informatics Association.”

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