This study sought answers to three questions: what type of health information needs to be exchanged on behalf of patients receiving post-acute and long-term care services as they move from one care setting to another and when does information need to be exchanged among their physicians, pharmacies, and other providers; how is health information exchanged, and is health information technology used to support these types of exchanges; and what factors support or hinder timely health information exchange? Growing evidence indicates that medical errors and quality deficiencies occur during care transitions. Failure to exchange needed health information threatens patient safety by contributing to medication errors and potentially increasing health care expenditures due to patients needing to return to higher levels of care and/or the provision of unnecessary and possibly redundant tests.
Report Title: Health Information Exchange in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care: Project Summary http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2007/HIErpt.htm
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-ODALTCP, Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care Policy
Federal Contact: Jennie Harvell, 202-690-6443
Performer: University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center
PIC ID: 8334