Opportunities for Engaging Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Providers in Health Information Exchange Activities: Exchanging Interoperable Patient Assessment Information. V. Opportunities for Engaging LTPAC Providers in HIE Using Patient Assessments

12/01/2011

The approach examined in this report would engage LTPAC providers in developing their capacity to exchange and use electronic clinical information in support of health care reform. It uses the federally required PAIs to establish an initial foundation for interoperability and electronic exchange. Laying the foundation will require developing a technical infrastructure and increasing LTPAC stakeholders' awareness of forthcoming demands.

As described below, the approach described in this report is built upon an existing asset -- the MDS 3.0, OASIS and electronic transmission capacity -- to jump-start the involvement of LTPAC providers in HIE activities. Applying HIT standards to widely used assessment documents and the individual data elements in these instruments creates opportunities for LTPAC to engage in interoperable HIE by re-using and exchanging standardized content in an assessment summary other types of documents.

Federally required PAIs can become an entrance point for LTPAC providers to participate in HIE activities and jump-start their use of more sophisticated interoperable EHRs.

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