25 Jan 2013 |
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On January 15, 2013, the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) submitted a report to the Washington State Legislature on the effectiveness of the implementation of the Seven Best Practices initiative. The initiative set out to reduce unnecessary ED visits by Medicaid patients through all Hospitals in the State following best practices that included adopting an electronic information exchange within their EDs.
Data from Collective Medical Technologies and our Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE) was cited in this report, which stated that “the number of hospitals sharing emergency department information electronically increased over 500 percent between November of 2011 and October of 2012…(meaning) emergency medicine physicians have more critical patient information, and can respond appropriately” to unnecessary patient visits, and that the “total emergency department visits by frequent users decreased by 23 percent between June and October of 2012.”
While the report identifies a 23% reduction, Collective Medical Technologies has seen EDIE-participating facilities experiencing up to as much as a 58% visit reduction rate in patients with Care Guidelines. The facilities seeing those kinds of results are using EDIE to more actively engage with their higher-utilizing patients, dramatically decreasing their numbers of unnecessary visits by these patients.
Not only are unnecessary visit rates going down, the implementation of the initiative could save the State of Washington around $31 million this fiscal year, as identified by an article about the report on HCA’s website.
“This is the kind of creative thinking, new approaches and collaboration that I want to foster in health care,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said in the article, released on January 24, 2013. “Not only is the system saving money and physicians’ time, it is also improving the quality of care by making sure patients receive treatment that is both appropriate and timely.”