News | December 12, 2007

Shared Health Study Shows Effectiveness of its Health Information Exchange

December 13, 2007 - Tennessee-based Shared Health Inc. yesterday announced the results of a new study showing a 17 percent improvement in efficiencies following implementation of its HIE.

Shared Health analysts investigated the influence of their system by studying practices where the Shared Health Clinical Health Record (CHR) was frequently accessed to treat patients during 2006. Shared Health focused on a group of practices meeting specified criteria of accessing patients in the CHR during 2006, the first full year of Shared Health adoption. In order to achieve a precise control group, analysts compared 2005 (prior to Shared Health adoption) with 2006 for Shared Health patients treated by the same practice for the same conditions in both years. This comparison showed a 17 percent cost efficiency improvement in 2006.

These results were further evaluated to establish the areas where efficiencies were achieved. ETG methodology allowed for separate examinations of contributions from ancillary, facility, management, pharmacy, and surgery. The enhanced efficiencies clinicians experienced were in the pharmacy, facility, and ancillary areas.

The Shared Health Clinical Health Record is a secure, electronic health record that maintains a comprehensive view of a patient’s specific medical history. The Shared Health CHR and Shared Health ePrescribe allow multiple clinicians treating the same patient to view that patient’s clinical history and prescribe medications via a secure Web portal, enabling more informed clinical decisions at the point of care.

For more information: www.sharedhealth.com

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