Health Information Technology Interoperability

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    How Smartphone Apps Could Help Keep Health Records Accurate

    Electronic health records have helped streamline record keeping but providers aren't always able to reliably pull together records for the same patient from different hospitals, clinics, and doctor's offices. The growing use of smartphones offers a promising opportunity to improve record matching.

    Oct 4, 2018

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    Mobile Phones and Smartphone Apps Hold Promise for Allowing Patient Participation in Improving Medical Record Matching

    Mobile phones and smartphone apps offer a promising approach to ensure that an individual's medical records when shared between different health care providers are matched correctly.

    Aug 22, 2018

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    Toward a Learning Behavioral Health Care System

    New technologies for capturing and sharing data have begun to transform the way providers practice medicine in the United States. Expanding these technologies to behavioral health care could enhance the delivery of services and improve outcomes for millions of Americans.

    Dec 20, 2016

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    The Little Exchange That Could...Transform the U.S. Health Care System

    As Congress continues to think about whether and how to support the development of health information exchanges, it should consider the commitment required to bring a mature statewide or national network of HIEs into practice. It should prioritize the evaluation of government-funded HIEs, so that research can help inform and foster return on investment for scarce taxpayer dollars.

    Jan 28, 2015

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    Health Information Exchanges Show Promise, but More Work Is Needed to Realize Greater Benefits

    Health information exchanges show some evidence of reducing emergency department costs and usage, but since only a few have been evaluated, there is not enough evidence to say whether or not they are on track as a potential solution to the problem of fragmented health care delivery in the U.S.

    Dec 1, 2014

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    How Electronic Health Records Can Lead to Care Coordination

    Inadequate care coordination is a major problem in health care delivery, but information technology is emerging as an important tool for enhancing coordination and, ultimately, improving the delivery of care, writes Robert Rudin.

    Aug 13, 2013

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    Online Guide Helps Health Organizations Adopt Electronic Health Records

    A new online tool, called the "Unintended Consequences Guide," is available from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to help hospitals and other health care organizations anticipate, avoid, and address problems that can occur when adopting and using electronic health records.

    Dec 14, 2011