The potential impact of community-based HIEs

My latest at the AcademyHealth blog:

I’m a huge supporter of information technology. I’ve spent almost my entire career creating systems in order to improve outcomes for pediatric patients. But that doesn’t mean I don’t carry a healthy skepticism for how much of a difference HIT is actually making in practice. The evidence for how much health information exchanges are impacting care is somewhat equivocal as well. A new study is being discussed as showing HIEs can significantly reduce hospital admissions. It’s worth reviewing in detail. “The potential for community-based health information exchange systems to reduce hospital readmissions“…

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