Friday, June 6, 2014

How health information exchange fits into population health

Morgan Honea
The continuum of care is an extensive landscape and many patients are beginning to encounter its many different settings as the health care industry continues to evolve, both on its own and by mandate. Although the patient is being moved to the center as part of health care reform, it is the health of an entire patient population that is gaining more and more attention.

For patients to move between care settings and receive the most appropriate services, they need their health information to move alongside them.Health information exchanges (HIEs) are in the unique position of connecting providers and regions, making these networks meaningfully useful not only to physician EHR users but also stakeholders looking to manage the health of populations more effectively.
The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) covers 65 percent of the state’s population (3.6 million unique patients) and 94 percent of the hospital beds in its portion of Colorado. Recently, the organization selected Sandlot Solutions to extend its HIE and interoperability capabilities, but according to CORHIO Executive Director Morgan Honea the possibilities for HIE are nearly endless.
In an interview with EHRIntelligence.com, Honea reveals where the successful HIE goes from here and how it fits into the broader picture of population health in terms of bringing access to patient health information to diverse communities and care settings.

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