Keeping a population healthy means knowing who are the high-risk patients, having a complete picture of the patient’s status and history, and close communication of the health record and care plan among the care team. But how is this possible when patients see multiple physicians or go to multiple hospitals, each with different electronic medical record (EMR) systems and workflows?
The Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI) is answering this question with “CurrentCare,” its statewide health information exchange based on InterSystems HealthShare® software.
Using HealthShare, RIQI is able to aggregate and normalize consented patient data from hospitals, physicians, labs, and pharmacies across the state in near-real-time. RIQI provides access to this longitudinal health information to authorized users either through direct integration with their EMR, through the exchange of continuity of care documents, or through a web browser interface.
RIQI also uses HealthShare active analytics to analyze this data and automatically alert providers to take actions that make a difference in care. For example, in one trial involving a population of diabetics there was a double-digit reduction in the hospital readmission rate, comparing patients of care teams receiving alerts to those that did not.
HealthShare gives RIQI the analytics needed to target cost savings and provide a level of quality-of-care feedback that physicians can’t get by looking only at their own records.
Gary Christensen, COO, CIO
Rhode Island Quality Institute
“The comprehensive patient record we’re building with HealthShare is giving providers across the state the information they need to deliver the best care,” says Gary Christensen, RIQI’s Chief Operating Officer and CIO. “And HealthShare gives RIQI the analytics needed to target cost savings and provide a level of quality-of-care feedback that physicians can’t get by looking only at their own records.”