Electronic data sharing supports care integration by making available real-time comprehensive, patient data to improve care delivery and outcomes, and to reduce services that don't add value.

“Interoperability standards continue to evolve, particularly across Carequality and CommonWell to manage care coordination, yet are not able to transparently connect all platforms over the last mile,” says Mary Alice Annecharico, R.N., senior vice president and chief information officer at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit (pictured). henry-ford

HFHS is connected with more than 1,200 hospitals across all 50 states, and shares more than 14 million patient records using Epic’s Care Everywhere and a statewide health information network. Because HFHS opted in to the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization, participating providers will be required to use Epic for aggregated clinical and claims data associated with patient panels and to follow protocols. This will enable care coordination of risk-stratified patient groups with a focus on high-quality outcomes at managed costs.

Checklist

  • Address technical and infrastructure gaps that limit the collection and transmission of clinical and patient-reported data in electronic health records.
  • Work with other exchange organizations on standardized flow of information.
  • Use data sharing to enable care coordination.
  • Give providers and caregivers access to critical health data when and where it is needed.