Community Health Center Information Systems Assessment: Issues and Opportunities. Final Report. 3.5.4 Perspectives on Next Steps: Data Warehouse and EMR


All stakeholders report they eagerly anticipate the implementation of both the EMR system and the data warehouse.  Health centers are interested in the EMR because the many types of software that they use to track patients and services could be consolidated into a single EMR system, facilitating administrative duties.  The centers are also excited by the prospect of coordinating a clinically-based, uniform set of data that they can supply to legislatures and the state and federal Departments of Health and Human Services. They believe this data system will help them improve the quality of care they give to patients on a regional scale, and will help them direct resources to where they will make the most impact.

Other stakeholders from state agencies and the Medicaid managed care plan expressed their interest in and anticipation of the EMR system.  Members of the State Primary Care Organization as well as CareOregon indicated that the EMR system and the data warehouse would allow them to more accurately track and collect data about their low-income and uninsured patient populations, which tend to be very mobile.  The ability to track these patients would help the agencies set better standards of care for this population, providing improvements not only in quality of patient care but also in cost efficiency.

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