Health Information Exchange in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Case Study Findings: Final Report

09/18/2007

The purpose of the study was to: (1) describe the current status of the use of health information technology (HIT) in existing state-of-the-art health delivery systems and how health information is or is not exchanged with "unaffiliated" post-acute and long-term care (PAC/LTC) providers and other components of the health care delivery continuum (e.g., physician offices, laboratories, pharmacies, and hospitals) that use health information technology; (2) identify the factors that support or deter the timely exchange of health information to and from unaffiliated PAC/LTC providers and other components of the health care delivery continuum that use HIT; and (3) identify ways in which policy makers and others can encourage (a) information exchange between health delivery systems that use HIT with unaffiliated PAC/LTC providers and (b) use of HIT in PAC/LTC. [182 PDF pages]

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