Prescription for ER overuse: Engage patients in EHR data and health information exchange

From Healthcare IT News:

Louisiana is known as being woefully behind when it comes to healthcare. But in the realm of population health, it is making some serious progress. The state, in fact, launched both a direct-to-consumer patient engagement campaign and a health information exchange-enabled emergency department data registry.

Consequently, in one year the state has realized a 23 percent increase in health IT utilization among at-risk patients and a 10.2 percent decrease in non-emergent utilization of emergency departments among members of one of the state’s Medicaid MCOs.

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