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CAFP News, an official publication of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians
(July 2, 2014)
One of the biggest complaints from physicians, as well as nurses and other practice staff, is how difficult and time-consuming it can be to collect complete clinical histories for new patients, or manage the needs of complex and chronic disease patients who are seen by multiple physicians. Often there are many phone calls back and forth between offices and stacks of paper faxes for which the relevant patient information is hard to find. Even worse, the information you need today may not arrive until weeks after a referral appointment or hospital discharge. The process of gathering and managing patient records is frustrating, and most health care professionals have just learned to accept it. Although you and your practice staff have developed into expert information gatherers, there is a way to cut back on this tedious and inefficient work.
(July 1, 2014)
In today’s health care environment, the smooth transition of patients between settings has become critical to achieving the triple aim of improved outcomes at lower cost and with better patient experiences. Even so, long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers often lack complete medical information about the people they admit. Most providers still rely on fax and phone communication, rather than using an electronic health information exchange (HIE), which moves clinical information among providers, using national standards, while maintaining the integrity of the data. Learn more about LTPAC providers rising adoption of HIE...
(June 5, 2014)
The continuum of care is extensive landscape and many patients are beginning to encounter its many different settings as the healthcare industry continues to evolve, both on its own and by mandate. Although the patient is being moved to the center as part of healthcare reform, it is the health of an entire patient population that is gaining more and more attention.
Modern Healthcare (free registration may be required to view)
(May 20, 2014)
Three Denver-area hospitals in the SCL Health System have connected their electronic health-record systems to the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization to help them coordinate the care of patients with other healthcare organizations in the Denver and Boulder (Colo.) area. The three are 190-bed Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, 380-bed Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge and 369-bed Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver.
The MERCURY, an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army Medical Department
(May 2, 2014)
The recently established Defense Health Agency’s Colorado Springs Military Health System has entered the state’s health information exchange (HIE) which is a formal way to improve medical information flow between military and civilian providers.