Reports and Studies

“N.Y. health information exchange aids doctors, patients.”

http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20140601/INFO/306019998/n-y-health-information-exchange-aids-doctors-patients

  • HIE has been shown to: reduce ER admissions to hospital * reduce redundant radiological scans * reduce readmissions  * save time by avoiding use of fax and avoiding need to obtain permission after initial patient consent.
  • 2009& 2010 studies in Rochester NY showed that use of the network made patients 30% less likely to be admitted to the hospital from the ER, 27% less likely to experience repeated radiological scans, & 55% less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.  (see study by Vest, Kern, Kaushal et al, below)

Massachusetts Study: Use of Electronic Health Records = Fewer Malpractice Claims (released June 2012)

“We found that the rate of malpractice claims when EHRs were used was about one-sixth the rate when EHRs were not used. This study adds to the literature suggesting that EHRs have the potential to improve patient safety and supports the conclusions of our prior work,which showed a lower risk of paid claims among physicians using EHRs. By examining all closed claims, rather than only those for which a payment was made, our findings suggest that a reduction in errors is likely responsible for at least a component of this association, since the absolute rate of claims was lower post-EHR adoption.”