Creating Better Care Coordination Through Interoperability

For many specialty clinics and hospitals, patients almost always come from a primary physician somewhere else. Accurately understanding a patient’s background and assessing their needs relies heavily on the doctor’s ability to see a full picture of a patient’s health record. And once patients return to their primary care provider, the doctor needs the tools to help him or her decide what the next steps are based on all the data.
Health Information Exchange (HIE) makes this possible. Through Cerner’s work with SMRTNet, doctors are better able to see their patients’ health past and guide them to a healthier future.
At the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Steve Miller has been at the forefront of the transition to EHR. Getting health records online was important, but for a specialty hospital Steve knew his doctors needed to communicate EHR to and from primary care physicians, no matter what technology the provider used. Steve credits Cerner with improving care coordination, which drives better care and reduces costs by reducing duplication.
Steve has also seen the importance of HIE from watching his father’s simple trip to the ER turn into a long, bureaucratic headache. Read more on Cerner’s blog: