Emergency Department HIE Use Cut Admission Odds by 30%

March 14, 2014 in News

Health information exchange usage in emergency departments could reduce ED admissions and increase hospital savings, according to a recent study by Weill Cornell Medical College, Clinical Innovation Technology reports (Pedulli, Clinical Innovation Technology, 3/13).

Study Details

The study — which was published in the journal Applied Clinical Informatics — identified 15,645 New York residents who visited an ED in the state during a six-month period.

All of the patients agreed to have their information accessible in the state’s health information exchange and were enrolled in two area health plans over a continuous time period (Goth, Health Data Management, 3/13).

Researchers looked at claims data to determine if a visit to the ED resulted in an admission.

Study Findings

The study found that the HIE system was used for 2.4% of all ED visits.

According to the study, the chances of a hospital admission were 30% lower when the HIE was used.

Researchers estimated that the sample’s annual savings amounted to $357,000.

Reaction

Ted Kremer — executive director of the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization — said, “Emergency department physicians need to treat patients every day, even when they don’t have complete medical information on those patients,” adding, “This study suggests that providing physicians with more clinical information helps prevent hospital admissions” (Gold, FierceHealthIT, 3/13).

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