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3 health IT challenges facing home health agencies

June 14, 2024
Contributed by: Sarah Richardson
Home healthcare offers cost-effective and quality care in patient homes, but home health agencies (HHAs) face unique health IT challenges. Despite an 80% EHR adoption rate among HHAs, they lag behind other providers due to exclusion from federal EHR incentives. Issues include inefficiencies from paper-based documentation, poor data sharing with hospitals, and limited interoperability. The use of mobile devices in the field faces connectivity and security challenges, while telehealth adoption has revealed technical and access barriers. Addressing these issues requires better data exchange mechanisms, robust mobile connectivity solutions, and interoperable technologies, emphasizing the collaboration among policymakers, vendors, and providers.
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