Posted by: ihfgeneva | February 25, 2013

Health Information Exchange technologies are underutilized

While Electronic Health Records and Health Information Exchange tools have advanced and are now a vital part in today´s healthcare landscape, its use may not be completely efficient.

The Regenstrief Institute, an informatics and healthcare research organization based in Indiana, conducted a study that revealed the underutilization of this tools in preventing and reporting infections in hospitals.

Hospital-based infection preventionists, in charge of informing on patients diagnosed with hospital-care acquired infections, have adapted to the use of this innovative services allowing an improvement in the completeness of infection reports that are sent to health agencies.

However, the study revealed that a big number of preventionists are not aware of the existence of this Health Information Exchange informatics in their hospital or health systems. To top that, those who are aware have little-to-none involvement in the development of this tools, which makes vital modules or components of the reports to be empty.

The need to present and instruct the use of EHR or exchange systems must be a concern for all healthcare and hospital managers. With this type of resources, inefficient lists of patients may be eliminated and new alerts on information of potential importance may be quickly delivered, allowing to decrease in half the spread of infection among hospitalized patients.

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Indiana University. (2013, February 24). “In Prevention Of Hospital-Acquired Infection, Informatics Tools Are Underutilized.”
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