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Press Release | Home Health, Hospice

NAHC Statement on the 2018 State of Connectivity Survey

August 14, 2018


For additional information:

Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications

Washington, D.C., August 14, 2018: 

Calling all Home Health and Hospice Tech Leaders – Please Take this Survey!

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and Forcura are partnering on the creation of an Industry Report: The 2018 State of Connectivity How Home Health and Hospice Organizations are Sharing Health Information.

We invite you and your organization to participate in this research by answering a few simple questions in the survey below.

State of Connectivity Survey

This survey and corresponding in-depth interviews will culminate in a comprehensive

industry-specific educational report exploring the use of technology enabled health information exchange to be released this fall. All research participants will receive first access to the report.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and forward it to other applicable industry colleagues. The survey will be open until August 24.

The use of technology and interoperable exchange of health information are key elements to driving down healthcare costs and creating an integrated sustainable healthcare system. Since the HITECH Act of 2009 – electronic health records have been widely adopted at a level of over 80 percent across the care continuum. In 2017, the ONC launched an Interoperability Standards

Advisory Group to identify, assess and recommend appropriate interoperability standards to address specific needs within healthcare. While there is a lot of movement towards common standards and the ability to share information, connectivity remains one of the most challenging aspects of the US and global health systems. Access to better patient data allows for more informed personalized care at the patient level as well as smarter treatment options across populations.

Additionally, as value-based purchasing gains traction, post-acute care becomes a more integral part of the care continuum and technology solutions to drive health information exchange are paramount to driving solvency, efficiency and productivity for these organizations.

This report will explore the current state of health information exchange in home health and hospice organizations to include types of information exchanged (e.g. face-to-face certification, care plan, CCD template-based or raw data) what methods of exchange are standard, what frequency data is exchanged, what barriers exist (such as cost, connectivity, the need for a business case and lack of regulatory mandates), as well as standards and technologies to watch.

Please take the survey and pass it on to someone else with knowledge to offer.

We greatly appreciate your participation!


About:  The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice.  NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ.  These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill.  Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information.  NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care.  To learn more about NAHC, visit