It’s Time to Connect Data Among Every Care Setting
The time has never been better for hospitals, long-term post-acute care centers, behavioral health providers and other organizations to engage together through health information technology to improve care coordination, care delivery, patient outcomes and the patient experience. Nearly 300 associates at Cerner spend every day focused on delivering truly integrated solutions to the continuum of care.
At Cerner, we believe that the proper coordination of electronic health information can help prevent adverse events such as medication errors and enable an improved level of care. For example, did you know that an estimated 66 percent of medication errors take place during times of transition (upon admission, transfer or discharge of a patient)?
Patients go through multiple venues when receiving care and the data that support them should too. Too often, the hospital is the sole focus when we talk about data sharing. Smaller care settings outside of the hospital, like behavioral health providers and skilled nursing centers, are often left out of the conversation.
Across the country, there is work to be done to improve care coordination among providers within the continuum of care. These are providers who have received no federal incentive payments to adopt electronic health records, yet provide care for the most vulnerable populations within our society. We encourage both federal and state lawmakers to consider legislation that supports the advanced exchange of essential health information for these members of the continuum of care.
Left on their own, the expense to connect can be prohibitive for many providers given their already stretched budgets. I was happy to learn of the recent passage of the Rural Health Care Connectivity Act, which will make it easier for skilled nursing facilities in rural areas to adopt telemedicine and other cloud-based health IT.
In a recent blog post, Bob Robke, VP of Interoperability at Cerner, dove deeper into his recommendations on how to best move data between venues of care. I encourage you to read that article and join us at Cerner in becoming an advocate for connecting data among every care setting.