Opportunities for Engaging Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Providers in Health Information Exchange Activities: Exchanging Interoperable Patient Assessment Information

12/01/2011

This report provides a strategy and tools to support health information technology (HIT) adoption and use among long-term/post-acute care (LTPAC) providers, particularly nursing homes and home health agencies. The analysis and recommendations result from a four-year study sponsored by ASPE/HHS and undertaken by the American Health Information Management Association Foundation that involved input and technical expertise from a variety of public and private sector LTPAC stakeholders, and experts in HIT and health information exchange (HIE). The central strategy is to leverage existing federal requirements for electronic reporting of patient assessments by LTPAC providers. Such patient assessment instruments would become the initial foundation for expanding LTPAC providers’ HIT capabilities and participation in HIE activities. Two companion strategies are developing the LTPAC sector’s awareness of impending demands for electronic clinical information exchange and building a sustainable technical infrastructure for LTPAC participation in HIE. A set of technical tools will help LTPAC providers enter the clinical information exchange space. [54 PDF pages, Main report; 1119 PDF pages, total report]

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