Numerous studies have shown that HIEs provide cost-savings, improved care and care coordination, improved efficiency and reliability, and improved safety and quality— all leading to better overall population health.
Specific benefits to providers reported are reduced duplicate procedures, reduced imaging, lower costs to operate, and improved patient safety and satisfaction.
HIEs Save Money
A study at the Medical University of South Carolina shows that HIE adoption and access both improved emergency care and saved participating healthcare organizations close to $1 million inpatient charges.
HIEs Improve Care and Care Coordination
A provider survey and subsequent study out of Ohio reported that HIE fostered more efficient care (93%), saved time (85%), decreased laboratory (84%) and imaging (74%) use, and 15% stated that HIE prevented an unnecessary admission.
Research from Health Affairs found that hospitals that participated in HIEs had a greater decline in readmission rate than hospitals who didn’t participate in an HIE.
Research by AHDB showed that HIE availability in the care of patients presenting emergency departments is associated with fewer inpatient hospital days and a shorter length of stay.
A study from Fox School of Business also found that HIE use decreases future readmissions and the number of future encounters.
A study at the Medical University of South Carolina shows that HIE adoption and access both improved emergency care and saved participating healthcare organizations close to $1 million in patient charges.
The use of HIE in a group of NY hospitals found:
A 50% reduction in the rate of hospital readmissions
A 26% reduction in the rate of emergency department admissions
A 35% reduction in the rate of repeat imaging procedures
A 10% lower 30-day readmission rate among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries