The American College of Physicians (ACP), the Bipartisan Policy Center and Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Healthcare conducted a survey to see how healthcare providers viewed the increased exchange of health information impacting the level of care given to patients.
When medical facilities take advantage of new technologies, and work with individuals trained in healthcare IT consulting, they are showing that patient care is a top priority. For example, survey respondents felt that greater use of health IT will also have a positive effect on coordinating care, meeting the demands of new models for it, and participating in third-party reporting and incentive programs.
Specifically, results showed that doctors placed high priority on access to medication lists and relevant laboratory and imaging test results during transitions of care. Over half of those surveyed said that they prefer for essential information be "pushed" to them while retaining access to additional data through a query.
Dr. Michael Barr, who leads ACP's Medical Practice, Professionalism and Quality division, said in an ACP press release that the exchange of patient health information is a crucial aspect of success for the new models to improve care, such as the patient-centered medical home.
"By categorizing clinicians' views on the types of information they want to receive, how they want to receive it, how quickly they want to receive it and what they want to do with it, we can support efforts to facilitate the exchange of health information," Dr. Barr said in the release.
Organizations that are looking to further their electronic exchange of health information should partner with a healthcare consulting company. Professionals at these companies will ensure that all employees are properly trained in the best practices of HIPAA compliance in order to keep patient care a top priority.