The value of sharing information about patients

Your ability to effectively diagnose, assess, and manage a patient can be enhanced through accessing historical information about the treatment the patient has received at multiple facilities across the continuum of care, from hospital emergency rooms to outpatient clinics.  Access to medical data electronically may help a healthcare provider more quickly obtain information about new or current patients, avoid duplicating tests, and review medication and other clinical treatment histories.

Are there financial incentives for the provider?

Participating in the PDN HIE is an excellent way to meet the requirements for Meaningful Use incentives, a Medicare and Medicaid payment reimbursement plan to the provider to assist and encourage them in converting to an EHR.  In addition, participation in the PDN HIE can save time, reduce paperwork, and improve workflow processes, all of which affect an organization’s operating budget.

How will it work?

In the Community Health Record (CHR), the individual patient record in the database will be continuously updated with patient medical information from all participating providers.  The data will be available through a web portal and can be embedded in or linked from an Electronic Health Record (EHR).  Access to the database will be password protected, encrypted and secure, and limited only to designated clinical staff with a need to know.

 
Benefits of a Health Information Exchange

Benefits of PHIX will provide remote data access for providers, access a patient's longitudinal health record, improved efficiency, increased quality of care, and improved patient safety.

 

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Increased Availability of Relevant Information

Access to information electronically may help you more quickly obtain information about new and current patients, avoid duplicating tests, and understand medication and other clinical treatment history.

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