With interoperability challenges continuing to plague the healthcare industry and impatience growing among consumers and providers, the eHealth Initiative on Thursday announced the first set of priorities for its 2020 Roadmap designed to “enable coordinated efforts by public and private sector organizations to transform care delivery through data exchange and health information technology.”

The roadmap focuses on three priorities: interoperability, business and clinical motivators, and data access and use. Each focus area includes a set of short-term goals for collaborative action. Among the goals are recommendations for development and testing of data standards in the private sector “rather than mandating untested tools” and “developing incentives in the private sector to move the market rather than looking to the government for funding,” as well as “having vendors work together to harmonize tools and applications so that patients can move information from place to place.”

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