Incorporating Clinical Event Notifications in HIEs Can Improve Care Coordination, Study Finds

Regional health information exchanges with clinical event notification services have the potential to improve care coordination and possibly reduce unnecessary inpatient admissions and duplicate testing, according to a study in Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes.

Regional health information exchanges with clinical event notification services have the potential to improve care coordination and possibly reduce unnecessary inpatient admissions and duplicate testing, according to a study in Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes.

CENs alert appropriate stakeholders when a patient experiences one of a preset list of clinical events, such as an emergency department admission. The CEN service in this study, incorporated in Healthix, an HIE for the metro New York City area, includes several features the researchers believe to be unique — the CEN system sends alerts through multiple channels including email, text messages and EHR inboxes, as well as automatically entering the encounter into the patient's EHR.

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Source: Becker’s Hospital Review