June 15, 2009
Vol. II, No. 4
HIE Partnership Delivers Patient Data, Cost Savings to
Beginning this summer, a health information exchange (HIE) partnership in California will deliver secure patient information — including medication history, laboratory results and clinical data from claims — to hospital emergency departments (EDs) for UnitedHealthcare/PacifiCare of California commercial HMO health plan customers.
Savings for health plans and other payors are expected to result from better information being available where and when a physician needs it to make healthcare decisions. For example, it may be possible to avoid a hospital admission or certain tests, as well as prescribe medications more efficiently, because the ED physician has more complete information about a patient’s history.
UnitedHealthcare is collaborating with the California Regional Health Information Organization (CalRHIO) to support the HIE initiative. UnitedHealthcare is the first national market participant to support and pay for HIE services statewide.
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Using service data provided by The Family Van, a Harvard Medical School program that has provided health education, screening and prevention services and referrals to Boston's most vulnerable and underserved residents since 1992, and published research, researchers calculated an ROI value that indicates that for every dollar invested in funding for The Family Van mobile healthcare program, $36 were returned in combined value of life years saved and ED costs avoided.
"The implications of this ROI should be used to promote the effectiveness of the program model among healthcare policy-makers, as well as to seek funding to create a continuous self-assessment tool for use by mobile healthcare providers to promote healthcare practices that provide the greatest healthcare benefit for every healthcare dollar invested," the researchers concluded.
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The Medical Home: Disruptive Innovation for a New
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