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5 Ways to improve transitions of care using Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 09:46 -- Whitney Mayo

 

Transitions of care (TOC) refers to the movement of patients between healthcare providers, settings and home as their condition and care needs change. The State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE) is Arkansas’ only statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). Connecting to HIE’s like SHARE can enable providers to work as a team by having consistent up to date information during transitions of care of their patient population.

1. Access to a more complete health record

HIE’s are connected to many other local and national healthcare providers. Being connected to SHARE can allow real time updates on patients that receive care at another hospital or clinic connected to SHARE. Currently SHARE is connected to over 1,500 Arkansas Hospitals and Practices, over 90 Hospitals in Missouri and Oklahoma, and 22 HIE’s across the US.

 

 

2. Reduce readmission rates

Connecting to HIE’s can allow hospitals to track patients and eliminate any miscommunication that may occur during transitions of care. SHARE offers 30-day readmission notifications which allow hospitals to receive a secure message when a patient that discharges from their facility, was readmitted into any SHARE participating hospital within a 30-day timeframe.

3. Receive patient information in real time

No more time consuming phone calls to other physicians or waiting on a fax. You can send patient information in real time using SHARE. HIE data is digitally shared, meaning that the most up to date information is available as soon as it is uploaded. This contributes to the timeliness of the information needed during transitions of care.

 

 

4. Send and receive information using a secure network

 

SHARE complies with all Federal and state privacy laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) and the Arkansas Personal Information Protections Act, which are designed to protect information. Providers can ensure their patients privacy when sending and receiving critical data needed during the transitions of care process.

 

5. Eliminate the hassle and cost of transporting medical records

 

HIE’s take some of the burden off providers having to send patient information through mail, courier or fax. Using HIE’s like SHARE enables providers to view all of their patient’s information in the same place without sifting through piles of paperwork or logging into multiple hospitals or provider systems. Healthcare providers can query SHARE and pull up patient records into their local electronic medical records (EMR) system via a Continuity of Care Document (CCD).