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Health data exchange has come a long way in the past decade, but many stakeholders are still dissatisfied with the current state of interoperability and data sharing between different hospitals and health systems.

A 2018 AJMC study shows diagnostic EHR data sharing still lags between hospitals part of separate health systems, and the data sharing that does occur is often incomplete. While health data exchange between hospitals part of the same health system is common and generally effective in improving patient health outcomes, data sharing between different health systems may pose a threat to patient safety.

Clinical and IT staff at Sutter Health are working to proliferate health data sharing by encouraging providers to utilize Direct exchange.