Health IT in Care Coordination
Health IT in Care Coordination Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Patients often receive fragmented care that is delivered across multiple providers and organizations. Health information technology is increasingly being used to improve care coordination by enabling the timely and effective exchange of clinical information between providers.
The featured Innovations describe three programs that use electronic systems in the coordination of care, with a focus on patient referrals and care transitions.
The featured QualityTools provide guidance for the electronic exchange of health information and other resources to support coordinated care.
- Referring Physicians Send Electronic Handoff Note With Pertinent Patient Information to Emergency Department, Improving Physician Efficiency and Quality of Care
- Electronic Standing Orders Highlight Care Gaps and Allow Nonphysicians to Address Them, Leading to Increased Provision of Preventive Services
- Electronic System for Tracking Test Results Pending at Hospital Discharge Draws Little Use or Enthusiasm From Hospitalists
Also in This Issue:
- Hospital System-Based Changes Enhance Throughput and Meet Increased Demand Without Adding New Facilities
- Nurse-Led Weekly Educational Program for Children Focuses on Physical Activity and Food Choices, Leading to Healthier Behaviors, Lower Body Mass Index
- Collaborative Supports Hospitals in Sharing and Implementing Best Practices, Leading to 33-Percent Decline in Urinary Tract Infections
- Culturally Responsive Maternity Care Clinic Enhances Access to Care for Expectant Refugee Mothers and Their Children
- American Indian Nation–Owned Skilled Nursing Facility Provides Culturally Responsive Services, Leading to High Patient Satisfaction and Low Staff Turnover
- Community Coalition Supports Schools in Helping Students Increase Physical Activity and Make Better Food Choices
- Weekly Group Program Improves Health-Related Behaviors, Leading to Stable Body Mass Index in Children and Weight Loss in Adults