HealthIT News: Health Information Exchanges Reduce Redundant Medical Procedures

New research shows health information exchanges (HIEs) cut down on redundant and unnecessary medical tests performed in office settings by giving physicians access to a patient’s current medical history. Eliminating that redundancy led to significant cost-savings. 

The study evaluated data from HEALTHeLINK. The study identified 332 medical procedures that are performed at both HIE member and non-member locations. The results show that an HIE lowers the repetition of therapeutic procedures, those aimed at improving a patient’s condition, but HIE adoption did not affect diagnostic procedures that determine the extent of a patient’s illness.

Read the full paper “Do Health Information Exchanges Deter Repetition of Medical Services?” here.

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(Source: Brookings)