Too many barriers currently exist for data to be shared between government agencies and within the medical field, a group of top public officials said Wednesday in Washington.

The current health market rewards the wrong things. For example, if data shows a process is being duplicated or an unnecessary test is being completed, a provider gets paid less. To overcome that, the rules of market competition need to be reset to reward value over volume, said Greg Moody, director of Ohio’s Office of Health Transformation. Speaking at the Health Datapalooza conference, Moody said when Ohio Governor John Kasich took office, data existed but was in places you couldn’t get to. “We thought the starting point was health IT to unleash all that,” he said.

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