The Value and Challenge of Integrated Patient Data

Patients receive care within the US healthcare system from providers ranging from urgent care clinics and primary care offices to labs, pharmacies, and hospitals. In order to fully understand the patient journey throughout the system, data from each of these encounters needs to come together into an integrated data source that provides links from each care setting back to the patient. This integration process must also take into account the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which offers protection for sensitive health care data, ensuring that data elements that identify individual patients are strongly protected and treated with the utmost consideration for privacy.

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