Indiana Health Information Exchange stresses value in ED alert pilot program

From Fierce Healthcare:

Providing near-real-time notice when patients visit the emergency room might be more useful and cost-effective initially than a full-fledged health information exchange, according to a case study presented by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), one of the nation’s largest, provides health plans and Medicare-chartered accountable care organizations with alerts within 24 hours when a member visits the emergency room or is admitted to the hospital. In a pilot test of near real-time collection of admission, discharge, transfer (ADT) messages, a managed health plan was able to reduce non-urgent emergency department visits, replacing them with lower cost primary care visits–saving money while providing more coordinated care.

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