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MEDecision and Christiana Care Illustrate Economic Benefit of Electronic Health Records

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:16am

MEDecision and Christiana Care Illustrate Economic Benefit of Electronic Health Records: "The HealthCore report concludes that each transmitted Patient Clinical Summary generated an average total savings of $545 on emergency department visit costs and first day hospitalization expenses for the subset of patients who were subsequently admitted. In addition, the study finds that using the Patient Clinical Summary resulted in significant savings on laboratory testing, cardiac catheterization, and medical and surgical supplies.

“These results indicate that health information exchange is a promising means for achieving important changes in our healthcare system,” said MEDecision Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Henry DePhillips, M.D., one of the Webinar’s presenters. “We now have an economic value associated with openly sharing patient clinical data and delivering it to the point of care. And that value is statistically significant.”"

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