How does Health Information Exchange affect your practice?
Electronic health information exchange allows doctors, nurses, pharmacists, other health care providers, and patients to access and securely share essential medical information electronically. This has the potential to improve the speed, quality, safety, and cost of patient care.
Historically most Americans’ medical information was stored on paper — in filing cabinets at various medical offices, or in boxes and folders in patients’ homes. There has been a tremendous push over the past several years to digitize the health care experience and to allow for increased accessibility and portability of health information.
Appropriate and timely sharing of vital patient information better informs decision-making at the point of care and allows providers to:
- Decrease duplicate testing
- Avoid medication errors
- Avoid readmissions
- Improve decision making
Standardizing data is an important factor in electronically exchanging health information. Once standardized, the transferred data can be integrated into the recipients' electronic health record (EHR), further improving patient care. There are currently 3 key forms of health information exchange: