Optimizing Care Coordination & Impacting Outcomes

Improving patient transitions from one care facility to another, eliminating the risk of errors and inefficiencies, through the timely sharing of critical clinical information.

The healthcare industry is rapidly moving to a new vision of complete data integration, getting the right systems in place to work with each other. While this is no small feat in itself, the next challenge will be leveraging that data to redesign care. Hospitals, health systems and providers are using interoperable health data systems (like JHC) to advance clinical outcomes, improve quality, and lower costs.

Ultimately, to achieve competitive advantage, providers must be able to use the wealth of data now available at their disposal to deliver information-powered care to patients in real-time.

Under Accountable Care and Population Health delivery models, a variety of transitional care programs and services have been established to improve quality and reduce costs as patients move across the continuum of care. These programs help patients with complex chronic conditions—often the most vulnerable—transfer in a safe and timely manner from one level of care to another or from one type of care setting to another.

Stage 2 of Meaningful Use requires eligible healthcare organizations to electronically transmit a summary of care document when transitioning a patient to a new facility. To accomplish this objective, healthcare organizations can employ a variety of technological approaches including directed exchange, secure point-to-point messaging, query-based health information exchange, or the aggregation of data from multiple healthcare institutions.

As healthcare delivery continues to shift to these new models, access to patient health information and the ability to share those records becomes a vital component in the successful equation for improved outcomes and efficiencies.