In Orange County, CA, a web based system is being used to improve tracking and health care coordination of 25,000 residents who are either considered at poverty income levels, chronically ill, or homeless...to help emergency room physicians with relative information for treatment...BD
One of the big promises of health IT is that it will help improve health care by capturing vast amounts of data about treatments, procedures and payments. Using electronic health record systems, registries, and other health IT systems, clinical data will be crunched to find how one treatment protocol performed against another. This data will also be used to make the case for re-orienting health care payment incentives toward preventive or chronic care and away from the acute care side of the ledger. The tool most widely used by these agencies is a basic health registry, a sometimes electronic, sometimes paper-based tool for organizing information on people who have a particular disease or condition. These registries are the building blocks of more sophisticated electronic health records systems and health information exchanges of the future.
One local government trend-setter in public health IT has been Orange County, Calif., which is using a Web-based system to improve tracking and health care coordination of 25,000 of its residents who are impoverished, chronically ill, or homeless. According to our story in the upcoming issue of Government Health IT, the system arose from the interest by emergency room physicians for better clinical and diagnostic data on its poorer, transient patients.