Health IT & HIE News

New Study Shows HIE Cost Savings for ER Visits

Healthcare IT News  (October 14, 2013)

Beyond improving the quality of emergency care, giving physicians access to data from a health information exchange (HIE) saved nearly $2,000 per patient during a study unveiled Monday by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). The study was based on a sample of 532 patients who visited one of 11 emergency departments in South Carolina. The total savings for patients in the sample was $1,035,654, according to ACEP.  MORE +

Report Says HIE Plays a Cricital Role in PCMH, Population Health

Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative  (October 14, 2013)

In response to increasing collaborations among traditional medical providers and community organizations, the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) released a new report to support primary care clinicians in their efforts to adopt a population health approach that leverages health IT solutions. The report titled, “Managing Populations, Maximizing Technology: Population Health Management in the Medical Neighborhood,” was released today at the PCPCC’s Annual Fall Conference (October 14–15) in Bethesda, MD. The report names the 'top 10' technologies that support patient centered medical homes and population health.  MORE +

The Big Data, No Data Paradox

Health Data Management  (October 11, 2013)

The current premise is that the more data an organization can access and analyze, the greater the insights that can be acted upon--so focus on data, data and more data. However, this approach loses sight of “NO” Data, though, which if detected can often represent even more value. But there’s a paradox: “NO” Data can become more visible in a world of Big Data, while blindly focusing on Big Data can diminish the visibility and potential value of “NO” Data.  MORE +

Study: Parents Using PHRs More Likely To Attend All Well-Child Visits

iHealthBeat  (October 11, 2013)

Parents who used an integrated personal health record were more likely to take their young children to the recommended number of well-child care visits, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the journal Pediatrics, News-Medical reports.The federal 2010 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set recommends that children ages 0 to 15 months attend at least six well-child care visits, which include physical examinations.   MORE +

Mobile EHRs Can Make Technology Disappear in the Exam Room

Physicians Practice (free log-in required)  (October 11, 2013)

I have been a physician long enough to remember the earliest days of the EHR. The bulky desktop computers made it hard to look at the patient while documenting. You could get swivel chair fatigue from turning back and forth. It was distracting and tedious. Many physicians who remember those days hesitate to implement an EHR today because of those early frustrations. The need for more flexible, mobile solutions is one the reasons I got involved in the technical side of EHR development, and it’s why I focused on mobile technology when I began my other career as an EHR designer.   MORE +