Abstract

Despite technological advancements in health care documentation and the proliferation of electronic health records, health information and health data remain disparate. Patients and health care teams benefit from access to comprehensive patient records to make informed health care decisions. Significant governmental policy and investments have been made to promote interoperability of systems that connect health information with the ultimate intent of developing a longitudinal patient record. In this article, we discuss how health data, interoperability, and related systems are influenced by federal policy. The intent is to expand occupational therapy practitioners’ understanding of the promise of interoperability and the role the occupational therapy profession can play in advancing the infrastructure needed to optimize health care delivery.

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