An HIE allows two or more health care providers involved in providing care to a patient to quickly, securely, and accurately share information. Because each authorized provider can readily see a patient’s complete electronic health record (EHR), the need for duplicate medical tests is reduced, efficiency is improved, and patients receive higher quality care.
Authorized medical professionals can quickly and easily retrieve a patient’s treatment record, lab results, prescription lists and other information even if those records are stored in a distant location. Currently, physicians and their staff are spending much of their time “chasing” paperwork and results, which means they have less time to spend with patients.
HIE enhances accuracy, appropriateness and efficiency in patient care.
Unlike paper records, they are not bulky, they don’t take up costly space and they don’t require labor-intensive methods to maintain, retrieve and file. EHRs are also stored in a standard way, so information is where the provider expects it to be, and there is no need to decipher handwritten notes.