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CHIME CIO Forum: HIE, care coordination work well together

At Children's Medical Center of Dallas, CIO Pam Arora sees health information exchange making a real difference for kids with sickle cell anemia.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- When you're the only healthcare provider participating in health information exchange, it's a lonely experience, said Pamela Arora, vice president and chief information officer of Children's Medical Center of Dallas.

But as more and more providers connected to her pediatric patient population sign up for HIE, she added, care coordination improves. For example, sickle cell anemia "frequent flyer" patients typically have stacks of paper files that can be measured in feet. In this podcast recorded during the CHIME CIO Forum preceding HIMSS 2014, Arora discusses how those patients' lives can improve when parents and primary care physicians can access the data digitally.

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More about HIE and care coordination

  • Farzad Mostashari, M.D., former national coordinator for health IT, discussed his vision for the future of healthcare before leaving office. Read on and find out why he believes the use of EHRs should lead to improved care coordination. The 2014 edition of the Standards and Certification Criteria, published alongside the meaningful use stage 2 rules, require certified EHRs to be able to transmit and view standardized care documents.
  • Though the 2014 EHR standards have healthcare pointed in the direction of more coordinated care, some in the healthcare industry feel that the standards are a merely a good first step in a long journey.
  • Micky Tripathi, president and CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, projects how the HIPAA omnibus rule will change HIE participation for providers and alter how they approach future business associate agreements.

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