More Initiatives Exchanging Data Leads to New Improvements in Quality and Returns on Investment
WASHINGTON, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The exchange of health information electronically between physicians, hospitals, health plans, and patients has increased substantially in the last year and is reducing the cost of care and positively impacting physicians, according to a new survey released by the non-profit eHealth Initiative (eHI) today. "Migrating Toward Meaningful Use: The State of Health Information Exchange," a report based on eHI's Sixth Annual Survey of Health Information Exchange, includes responses from 150 community-based initiatives and shows a nearly 40 percent increase in the number of advanced or "operational" initiatives exchanging information. Responses from operational initiatives demonstrate an increasingly positive impact on the efficiency of care while showing a return on investment (ROI).
The key findings from the 2009 survey are as follows:
* Cost savings resulting from health information exchange were reported by 40 operational initiatives. Cost savings have been identified in a variety of areas, including:
* Health information exchange has had a positive impact on physician practices, allowing them to become more efficient without disrupting care. Operational initiatives report the following impacts for practices that utilize the exchange:
"The survey shows the potential for health information exchange to improve efficiency and reduce health care costs nationwide. We have real examples where care delivery was improved and cost savings found," said Jennifer Covich, Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO at eHI. "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act could significantly impact health information exchange. Now more than ever, we need to focus on what works and direct resources that way."
Additional findings from the current survey include:
"One of the greatest challenges has been our ability to spread best practices in health information exchange," added Covich. "Cost savings and improved quality of care need to be better documented, so we can replicate what works and help create a health care system that connects clinicians and providers. We have a great opportunity to expand HIE efforts with the new funding coming out in 2009 and 2010 through the Recovery Act. We need to take advantage of this moment in time, when health information technology and health information exchange enjoy broad support. We might not get another."
The report is available on the eHI Website at www.ehealthinitiative.org.
About eHealth Initiative and Its Foundation
The eHealth Initiative and its Foundation are independent, non-profit affiliated organizations whose missions are the same: to drive improvements in the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare through information and information technology.
eHI engages multiple stakeholders, including clinicians, consumer and patient groups, employers, health plans, health IT suppliers, hospitals and other providers, laboratories, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, pharmacies, public health, public sector agencies, and its growing coalition of more than 260 state, regional and community-based collaboratives, to reach agreement on and drive the adoption of common principles, policies and best practices for improving the quality, safety and effectiveness of healthcare through information and information technology. For more information, go to www.ehealthinitiative.org.
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