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Community health information exchanges may reduce likelihood of re-hospitalizations and follow-up emergency department visits

The impact of community health information exchange usage on time to reutilization of hospital services

Peer-Reviewed Publication

American Academy of Family Physicians

Sloan-Aagard 21.1

image: Sloan-Aagard, C. The Impact of Community Health Information Exchange Usage by Primary Care Physicians Time to Re-utilization of Hospital Services. view more 

Credit: Annals of Family Medicine University of Michigan

Researchers examined whether primary care physicians’ use of a secure community health information exchange (HIE) to access data about patient care transitions reduced the likelihood of the patient being re-hospitalized. Doctors’ use of the HIE was associated with an increased length of time that patients were admitted to the ED from 99 to 238 days. The likelihood of a return visit to the ED was decreased by 53% while re-hospitalization decreased by 61%.

The Impact of Community Health Information Exchange Usage on Time to Reutilization of Hospital Services

Chantel Sloan-Aagard, PhD, et al
Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange, El Paso, Texas, and the Department of Public Health, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

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