Two Indiana physician practices are using a cloud-based platform to "connect the dots" in patient care, enabling clinicians in different locations to pull in patient data and coordinate a care management plan on tablets.
Patient-centered medical home initiatives have encouraged primary care providers to invest in patient registries, use electronic medication prescribing, enhanced access options and other structural changes aimed at improving patient care in exchange for bonuses. But those efforts may not be paying off.
Patient management of their own health information is a much discussed topic in health IT. Patients with the power to access their health information and actively direct its flow have the tools to take charge of their health care and make more informed decisions. A great example of this is a patient who downloads her hospital discharge summary and electronically sends it to both her primary care physician and her adult daughter who helps her manage her condition.
A group of leaders from 33 digital health companies in New York are calling on the legislature to fund the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, or SHIN-NY, just as the organization's connecting HIEs and information systems are starting to build a critical mass.
It's fair to say that Linda Shanley has a rather full plate these days. "We're a 600-bed hospital -- we're two hospitals, actually: one's a rehab hospital -- and right now we're going through an Epic implementation," said Shanley, vice president and chief information officer at Hartford, Conn.-based Saint Francis Hospital.
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