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9 crucial steps for achieving and capitalizing on data exchange
Interoperability in healthcare will play a crucial role in improving delivery and achieving the benefits of healthcare reform, as well as enabling healthcare information technology to achieve a return on the billions of dollars that’s been invested by the federal government and providers. An interoperability discussion paper, written by a select group of HIT experts for the National Academy of Medicine, also will serve as a roadmap for the next administration, identifying future directions for healthcare IT policy.

The paper’s topic is one of 19 priority areas of focus covered in NAM’s series entitled “Vital Directions for Health and Health Care” initiative, intended to provide guidance to the next administration on how to achieve progress in healthcare delivery and improve the health of the nation. This feature describes the nine action points described in the discussion paper.