Health Information Exchanges
Health Information Exchanges Wednesday, June 5, 2013
In today’s health care system, patients often interact with multiple providers, posing a challenge for care coordination across settings. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, State and local health care systems are given incentives to implement health information exchanges (HIEs), which connect different health care providers and organizations through the exchange of electronic health information. HIEs can facilitate care coordination among providers, reduce redundancies, and enhance patient-centered care.
The featured Innovations describe two HIE systems that have been implemented effectively. One program—the nation’s first operational statewide HIE—has a 97-percent participation rate among providers, allowing them to share millions of clinical results and reports annually. The other program provides pharmacists, regulatory boards, and law enforcement agencies in different states access to information about controlled substance prescriptions to help identify cases of misuse.
The featured QualityTools include a toolkit to help health care leaders establish and maintain an HIE, a Web site that offers three HIE toolkits for use in various settings, and an HIE toolkit with resources for rural providers.
Also in This Issue:
- Round-the-Clock Intensivists Eliminate Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia, Central Line Infections, and Pressure Ulcers in Intensive Care Unit
- Revamped Processes and Systems Enhance Access to High-Quality Interpretation Services for Patients With Limited English Proficiency
- State Partnership Supports Quality Improvement in Pediatric Practices, Leading to More Evidence-Based Care, Better Care Coordination, and High Satisfaction in Participating Practices
- Comprehensive Bundle of Strategies Improves Emergency Department Turnaround Time, Reduces Boarding Time and Patients Leaving Without Being Treated
- National Academy and Affiliated State Chapters Support Pediatricians in Improving Asthma Care, Leading to Better Guideline Adherence and Disease Control, Fewer Acute Episodes