AHRQ Health IT Update: HIE Reduces Repeat ImagingAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) sent this bulletin at 07/12/2013 09:15 AM EDT
HIE Use Decreases Repeat Imaging In Emergency Departments
Using health information exchange (HIE) can decrease repeated diagnostic imaging for back and head pain, according to research supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Researchers analyzed cases from Memphis area emergency departments to better understand the impact of HIE on repeated x-rays, CT scans, and other radiological studies. Doctors, nurses and other clinicians working in ERs did not frequently look up results through the HIE. However, when they did use the system to obtain prior results, there was a significant reduction in repeat testing. The study suggests that more research is needed to assess strategies to encourage providers to routinely access HIEs to determine if prior test results are available.
“Does health information exchange reduce unnecessary neuroimaging and improve quality of headache care in the emergency department?” appeared in the February issue of Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Select to access the abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22648609.
“Health Information Exchange Reduces Repeated Diagnostic Imaging for Back Pain” appeared in the July issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Select to access the abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23465552.