New Report on Health Information Exchange
The full impact of electronically exchanging health information on patient outcomes needs additional research, according to a new AHRQ systematic review. The electronic exchange of health information has increased over time and is used most in hospitals and the least in long-term care settings. However, the practice of exchanging health information electronically remains low overall. Some evidence suggests electronically exchanging health information may reduce duplicative laboratory and radiology testing, lower emergency department costs, reduce hospital admissions, improve public health reporting, increase ambulatory quality of care and improve disability claims processing. Barriers to electronically exchanging health information include lack of participation, inefficient workflows and poorly designed features. To advance our understanding of how to better exchange health information electronically, future studies need to address comprehensive questions, use more rigorous designs and be part of a coordinated, systematic approach to studying the electronic exchange of health information. Select to access the full systematic review.