Written by Brady Maguire
Having a web accessible, comprehensive healthcare record for patients provides a means for better quality healthcare. From allowing different providers to seamlessly share information to having critical information available instantly in emergency situations, a HIE provides information essential to patient care.
For example, a patient comes into an emergency room unconscious, needing acute care, the provider can log into a HIE and instantly know about any pre-existing conditions, medicine allergies, or even potential cause for the medical emergency. This is just one instance where a Health Information Exchange can help to provide better care, there are many others.
- Reducing medication and medical errors
- Greater efficiency by reducing paperwork, less paperwork means less human error
- Providing lab and imaging results to eliminate redundant tests
- Building data to analyze public health and monitor potential public health risks, as well as analyze outcomes of care overall
- Reduce costs due to less paperwork, faxes, emails and phone calls
With the state of the art electronic medical record systems in place in our healthcare provider’s organizations, it only makes sense to have a system equally up to speed with bridging the gap between the EMRs. Health Information Exchanges are the missing link in that chain. As technology continues to play a paramount role in healthcare, the need for HIEs to operate alongside EMR systems becomes more and more apparent.