Existing metrics for assessing the extent of health data interoperability, grounded in electronic health records meaningful use criteria, are insufficient and should be replaced, the American Medical Association and 36 other societies have told federal officials.

“Despite claims by many health IT vendors that their products are interoperable, the vast majority only exchange static documents in a manner that satisfies minimum meaningful use requirements,” the organizations say in letters to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. “Many in healthcare view this level of exchange as little more than digital faxing.”

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