In the eyes of expert healthcare professionals, health information exchange benefits result from a system that establishes electronic mobilization of healthcare information over different organizations that are connected within a hospital, community or regional healthcare system. A health information exchange enables us to move clinical information electronically between distinct systems, having healthcare data migrations, and at the same time ensuring that the original appearance of the exchanged data is accurately maintained. Health information exchange benefits its participants by providing timely, safer, effective, efficient, and patient-centered equitable healthcare services. The system supports the retrieval of and access to clinical data. This exchange allows healthcare facilities and private practices to greatly reduce medical coding costs through outsourced medical coding services.
Health information exchange benefits Public Health authorities by helping them analyze the overall health of the country’s population both easily and securely. Systems for exchanging healthcare information is essential for clinicians and physicians in order to meet the high standards of patient care via electronic participation before, during and after the process of patient’s in-office or in-hospital healthcare. The electronic participation of various medical personnel is mainly to provide informational resources and provide for the patient’s “continuity of care.”
Health information exchange benefits healthcare providers by reducing their operational costs through many ways. Some of the cost reductions come from eliminating duplication of tests, recovery of missing patient health data, eliminating paper, ink, and manual document printing, reducing or eliminating document faxing, reducing the need for associated and duplicate office equipment, eliminating the need to physically mail health charts, reducing the need for referrals, and reducing phone calls and follow-ups with labs for test results. Do you know how much these tasks can cost a healthcare provider? An Internet-based study conducted at the Sushoo Health Information Exchange states that $17,160/year are spent for a single-clinician, working with the traditional health information exchange practice.
Long gone are days when health information exchange systems were only found in developed countries. To date, a number of developing countries are moving towards this type of electronically based and operated system, while other countries have implemented these systems and protocols years ago.