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Dan Barchi at Yale: Sets the Record Straight on Data Blocking by Health Systems

By Thomas White | September 9, 2015

In a September 4, 2015 article, Dan Barchi, senior vice president and CIO at Phynd Customer Yale New Haven Health System and the Yale School of Medicine, sets the record straight on the perception by some people that healthcare systems are blocking data as a business strategy.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

Following are excerpts of Mr. Barchi’s explanation:

Within my own health system, Yale-New Haven Health System in Connecticut, we have implemented a patient portal which automatically shares most lab results with patients. We offer our EMR software and full access to data to physicians in the community at a subsidized rate. To encourage full access to patient data, we give every physician in our state full and free online access to the records of their patients in our EMR. We have built interfaces for patient data sharing with many physician practices in our community, and we have electronically shared more than 30,000 patient records with 120 other health systems in the US and overseas to facilitate clinical care.

We are not alone in our work to improve the sharing of patient records. Other hospitals, physician practices and some states and regions are also using technology and interface standards to share data locally. Even some large EMR software companies including Cerner, Epic, Allscripts and McKesson have either built their own networks for sharing patient data among their customers or collaborated to share some data across hospitals.

While data sharing is not easy and has not been a primary focus of healthcare technology players over the past ten years, health providers are actively working to overcome the limits of embedded systems.

Mr. Barchi makes an excellent case that there is little evidence that hospitals or physicians are blocking patient data for their own gain. Quite the opposite is true -- after years of building and implementing EMRs, health providers have actively turned their focus to better data sharing with patients and other providers.

The Phynd Platform enables health systems to share data more effectively by unifying, managing and sharing updated provider data (including Direct Addresses) on providers across the country versus local, siloed databases that are perpetually out of date.

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