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Benefits to Providers

Some of the benefits providers may experience as a participant in the WVHIN’s HIE include:

Meeting Meaningful Use

WVHIN services can assist providers in meeting Meaningful Use requirements related to Public Health Reporting, such as Syndromic Surveillance and Reporting for Immunizations, Electronic Labs and Cancer data for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals.

  • Summary of Care – Provide summary of care record for transitions and referrals through WVDirect 
  • Patient Access – Provide online access to health information by using WVDirect to send information to a patient’s Personal Health Record (PHR) 
  • Advanced Directives – Record advanced directives on patients 65 years or older by accessing advance directive information through the WV e-Directive Registry 

Reducing Expenses

  • Reduce development of multiple costly interfaces as one connection to WVHIN’s HIE enables you to connect with other health care providers, labs, the WV Bureau for Public Health, WV e-Directive Registry, etc.
  • Increase your potential to achieve Meaningful Use and associated incentive payments 
  • Reduce operating costs associated with faxing, mailing, copying and storing paper records

Gaining Efficiencies

  • Receive the latest patient health information in near real time at the point of care in an ORGANIZED view that is EASY TO READ
  • Look up health information on a patient from any encounters of care with the click of a mouse
  • Receive information automatically into your Electronic Health Record (EHR) (if you choose/if your EHR is capable)
  • Electronically report required public health information to the WV Bureau for Public Health through one interface and eliminate duplicate manual data entry
  • Receive advance directive information through WV e-Directive Registry
  • Access to WVHIN’s clinical messaging solution, WVDirect

Maintaining Privacy and Security

  • WVHIN’s HIE is built to enable role-based access so only authorized individuals can view patient information on a need-to-know basis
  • Unlike paper record storage systems, WVHIN’s HIE  tracks  who accesses or changes information and maintains an audit log

Increasing Your Ability to Participate in Innovative Health Care Delivery Initiatives

  • Use HIE as a tool for participating in Patient Centered Medical Homes, Accountable Care Organizations and similar initiatives
  • Manage unique patient populations more efficiently and effectively

Did you Know?  A 2011 study conducted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center found that sharing electronic health information across every major emergency department in the Memphis, Tenn., area resulted in…

  • reduced hospital admissions
  • reduced radiology tests
  • annual cost savings of nearly $2 million

Source:  Healthcare IT News