Critical to the success of healthcare reform and the ultimate goal of a transformed healthcare system is a real-time health information exchange (HIE). The ultimate goal is for HIEs to be accessible to and usable by a variety of health care stakeholders: clinicians, lab, hospital, pharmacy, health plans, payers and patients.
Greater access to patient-level health information is integral to improving the quality, efficiency, and safety of health care delivery.
Recently, the Wall Street Journal published the results of a survey showing that, while hospitals have complied and implemented EMRs, patients aren’t using them.
Here are the survey results:
About 80% of hospitals make EMRs available; and
most hospitals have implemented electronic medical records, but only 24% of consumers are making use of them.
Since 2011, more than 190 million electronic prescriptions have been sent by doctors, physician’s assistants and other health care providers using EHRs, reducing the chances of medication errors.
Providers have checked drug and medication interactions to ensure patient safety more than 40 million times through the use of EHRs.
Providers shared more than 4.3 million care summaries with other providers when patients moved between care settings resulting in better outcomes for their patients.