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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Vest JR, Simon K
Hospitals' adoption of intra-system information exchange is negatively associated with inter-system information exchange.
This study examined hospitals’ adoption of interoperability of health information technology (HIT). The relationship between hospitals’ intra- (within the same organization) and inter-system information exchange capabilities was explored using data from the 2010-2014 American Hospital Association’s Annual Health Information Technology Survey. As expected, there was more intra-system information exchange than inter-system but as time went on inter-system information exchange has increased. During the study period, hospitals were sharing 4.6 types of information by intra-system exchange, but only 2.7 types of information by inter-system exchange.
Citation: Vest JR, Simon K . Hospitals' adoption of intra-system information exchange is negatively associated with inter-system information exchange. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2018 Sep;25(9):1189-96. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocy058..
Keywords: Health Information Exchange (HIE), Healthcare Systems, Health Information Technology (HIT), Hospitals
Does participation in health information exchange improve hospital efficiency?.
This study strives to answer the question: does health information exchange (HIE) network participation improve hospital efficiency? The results of the study suggest that hospital investment in HIE participation may be a useful strategy to improve hospital operational performance, and that policy should continue to support increased participation and use of HIE.
Citation: Walker DM . Does participation in health information exchange improve hospital efficiency?. Health Care Manag Sci 2018 Sep;21(3):426-38. doi: 10.1007/s10729-017-9396-4..
Keywords: Care Coordination, Quality of Care, Health Information Technology (HIT), Hospitals, Health Information Exchange (HIE)
Cummins MR, Ranade-Kharkar P, Johansen C
Simple workflow changes enable effective patient identity matching in poison control.
In this study, to increase the documentation of patient identifiers by the Utah Poison Control Center (PCC), the authors (1) adapted documentation practices to enable more complete and consistent documentation, and (2) implemented staff training to improve collection of identifiers. The investigators found that compared with the same time period in 2016, the Utah PCC showed an increase of 27% (p < 0.001) in collection of birth date for cases referred to a health care facility, while improvements in the collection of other identifiers ranged from 0 to 8%.
Citation: Cummins MR, Ranade-Kharkar P, Johansen C . Simple workflow changes enable effective patient identity matching in poison control. Appl Clin Inform 2018 Jul;9(3):553-57. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1667000..
Keywords: Workflow, Health Information Exchange (HIE)
Shy BD, Loo GT, Lowry T
Bouncing back elsewhere: multilevel analysis of return visits to the same or a different hospital after initial emergency department presentation.
In this study, the investigators use a health information exchange network to describe differences between emergency department (ED) visits resulting in 72-hour revisits to the same hospital and those resulting in revisits to a different site. Their analysis describes how ED encounters with early revisits to the same hospital differ from those with revisits to a second hospital.
Citation: Shy BD, Loo GT, Lowry T . Bouncing back elsewhere: multilevel analysis of return visits to the same or a different hospital after initial emergency department presentation. Ann Emerg Med 2018 May;71(5):555-63.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.08.023..
Keywords: Emergency Department, Health Information Exchange (HIE), Hospital Readmissions, Quality Improvement