Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Collaboration for health care's sake

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It's a struggle for many hospitals and doctors offices to switch from their traditional record keeping methods to the new, shiny electronic health records with is the future of care.  At a recent article at MedCity News looks at how three hospitals are joining forces to create and share electronic health records to benefit both the hospitals and patients.

After California's initial efforts to encourage electronic health records failed, the three competing hospitals realized they needed to join forces to save time and money and benefit the patient.  By having one collective medical health record system, the three hospitals can know a patient's background, see how many times they've been to the different hospitals and know about their conditions and previous records at the point of entrance instead of spending hours getting medical history.

Nancy Seck, director of the quality management program at Glendale Memorial Hospital, stated "We're receiving money from [The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] for our patients to prevent rehospitalization as a community, not as individual hospitals. The three hospitals ... we all three have different ownerships, so we put aside all that competition concept when it's right for the patients."

This fall at ePharma Summit West, Dan Munro, Healthcare IT, Innovation and Policy Contributor, Forbes, will be joining us to discuss the drive to change behavior in healthcare and now everyone involved is responsible for driving change.  What better place to drive change in healthcare than how records are recorded and shared in hospitals?  For more information on this session and the rest of the agenda, download the brochure.  If you'd like to join us September 16-18, 2013 in downtown San Francisco, as a reader of this blog when you register to join us and mention code XP1856BLOG, you'll save 15% off the standard rate.

How important are electronic health records in encouraging behavior change in patients for their health?  Could it be a step forward in encouraging individuals to take greater interest
in their health if all doctors saw a grand picture of their care?
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