California emergency departments first sites for savings measurement
SAN FRANCISCO, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CalRHIO announced today that it has selected the RAND Corporation and the
"CalRHIO's goal is to improve patient safety and reduce costly avoidable or duplicate services by making it possible for physicians to electronically access patients' medical information when and where they need it for care decisions - in the hospital, clinic, physician office, nursing home, or other location," said Molly Coye, MD, MPH, CalRHIO Board Chair.
"Studies to date on savings from electronic health information exchange are encouraging, but limited. We are delighted to partner with RAND and
CalRHIO, California's statewide health information exchange initiative, selected RAND-USC following a competitive RFP process that involved review by national HIE experts.
The RAND-USC team's approach draws on models and methods developed by both organizations -- RAND as part of its ongoing national study of health IT, and
"The CalRHIO HIE is on the forefront of national efforts to use information technology to improve both the quality and efficiency with which care is delivered to patients. Providing emergency department physicians with access to real-time patient information through the statewide health information exchange is critical to improving decision making to ensure the right care is delivered," said Cheryl Damberg, PhD, RAND principal investigator. "Because CalRHIO represents the largest implementation of an information exchange in the United States, our assessment of how the HIE affects the use of services and hospital admissions will make a significant contribution towards demonstrating the extent to which health IT systems can deliver savings."
CalRHIO has developed a sustainable business model that includes a "shared savings" strategy, premised on the expectation that HIE will create savings for health plans and that a portion of those savings provide CalRHIO a stable ongoing source of self-funding for HIE. In the emergency department, better information on the patient's medical history is expected to help physicians avoid unnecessary tests and admissions and more efficiently prescribe medications. To determine savings, the RAND/
"Emergency departments provide perhaps the most compelling case for both quality gains and cost reductions in health information exchange," said Glenn Melnick, PhD,
About CalRHIO: CalRHIO is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides statewide health information exchange services to local communities throughout California. For more information about CalRHIO see www.calrhio.org.
About RAND: The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit research organization providing objective analysis and effective solutions that address the challenges facing the public and private sectors around the world.
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