Reducing Re-hospitalizations & ED Visits via Community Health Exchange

American Academy of Family Physicians

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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