Electronic Health Information Exchange (HIE) can be defined as an electronic mobilization of healthcare or medical information across various organizations that are located within a specific region, community or a chain of hospitals. The system allows medical practitioners, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, lab personnel, other professionals connected to the medical business as well as relatives of the patients to properly access and share critical medical information electronically. This increases the speed, safety, along with the quality of the care that is given to the patients.
- Avoid readmissions of patients
- Keep various types of errors at bay
- Improve diagnosis of the patients
- Minimize the chance of duplicate testing that at times plague diagnosis, especially when any patient has any prolonged and persistent illness
There are three types or forms of HIEs that are practiced:
It allows electronic exchange of secured information between various medical service providers for providing a coordinated as well as synchronized care.
Query Based Exchange:
It allows the clinics to search or request for information on a particular patient for supporting coordinated care.
Consumer Mediated Exchange:
This helps the patients to aggregate as well as control the use of information relating to their health among the medical practitioners.
Benefits and progress of HIE:
Of late, for better tracking as well as secured sharing of the complete medical histories of patients, these HIEs are getting increasingly popular and an increased number of doctors are taking part in these HIEs. The practice is getting more and more popular among the doctors. Following are the benefits that these HIEs provide:
- Helps in improving the quality as well as safety of patients through reducing the medication as well as the errors
- Stimulates the education of the consumers along with the involvement of the patients for the betterment of their own health
- Increases the efficiency through the process of elimination of unnecessary paperwork
- Provides the doctors a wide range of support tools that will facilitate taking clinical decisions for effective treatment of the patients
- Eliminates the need of unnecessary or redundant testing
- Helps to improve monitoring and reporting of public health
- It helps creating a potential feedback loop between actual practice and health care related research
- It also helps to facilitate effective deployment of various cutting edge technologies and emerging services related to health care.
- It forms the backbone or the fundamental interoperability level among the different EHRs or Electronic Health
- Records that are maintained by the individual physicians as well as organizations.
- Last but not the least; it helps in significant reduction of costs involved in treatment.
Electronic Health Information Exchanges are excellent platforms that facilitate prevention of errors during the prognosis. This is ensured by various value added features like automated reminders for appointments, or follow-up instructions that are automatically dispatched directly to the patients, or automatic dispatch of prescriptions to the pharmacies. Thus, they significantly reduce the time that a patient needs to spend for filling up the documents and briefing their medical service providers on their respective medical history. Thus, they allow more time for discussions related to the health related concerns as well as treatments. HIE has, therefore, every potential for both cost cutting as well as improvement of health related outcomes.
These HIEs are being pushed to the limits of their capacity by various medical services so much so that these exchanges are continually enhancing their capabilities to reach out to serve an increased number of medical practitioners as well as the patients alike. The technicality of these HIEs is such that they provide equal importance or emphasis to the care givers and the patients and give them equal parts and areas to operate in. You can get in touch with healthcare software development companies to get your software developed.