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by Cerner Corporation | Kathleen Sheehan
Published on August 1, 2017

In this episode of The Cerner Podcast, we discuss the evolution of Health Care IT and interoperability on today's program. The implementation of electronic health records became mainstream as the result of Meaningful Use standards. While most hospitals have EHRs today, not all are connecting with one another.

Kathleen Sheehan is program director for meaningful use in the acute care division at Universal Health Services. UHS is one of the largest hospital management companies in the nation with more than 240 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom.

In this episode, Kathleen shares how organizations can overcome barriers to connect disparate systems across the continuum of care.

Kathleen answers the following questions:

  • What is your perspective of the current state of interoperability in our industry?
  • While interoperability has become a common initiative among providers, what is next for interoperability in our industry?
  • UHS' facilities cover a vast geographic territory, spanning from coast to coast. Why is interoperability so essential to your organization and what obstacles have you had to overcome?
  • What do you propose for more inclusive and less restrictive ways to improve the exchange of health care information across the care continuum?
  • What is your advice for other organizations?

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