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National Health Information Exchange Survey Shows Increased Activity, Cost Savings, Positive Impact on Physician Practices
Date:7/22/2009

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:

  • The number of organizations that reported being operational has sharply increased. Fifty-seven health information exchange initiatives reported being operational in 2009, up from 42 initiatives in 2008, a nearly 40 percent increase from last year.

* Cost savings resulting from health information exchange were reported by 40 operational initiatives. Cost savings have been identified in a variety of areas, including:

  • Reduced staff time spent on handling lab and radiology results (26 operational initiatives).
  • Reduced staff time spent on clerical administration and filing (24).
  • Decreased dollars spent on redundant tests (17).
  • Decreased cost of care for chronic care patients (11).
  • Reduced medication errors (10).

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