By Naveen Sarabu, Director, Product Management and Strategy, Liaison Healthcare Informatics
Effective health data exchanges for collaborative care organizations are built with a solid foundation formed by accurate, complete data from the first physician-patient encounter; a structural core comprised of enhanced patient records that aggregates disparate data from lab tests, diagnostic results and other providers into one holistic, continually updated, easily accessible, picture of each patient; and a central repository for these longitudinal records and tools needed to monitor, analyze, document and report clinical quality and financial results.
Each level of the data exchange builds on the information aggregated in the previous level of the exchange, strengthening the overall structure. Building a health data exchange that supports the goals and needs of a collaborative care organization is not a simple task — it requires a strategic approach that focuses on getting the right data at the right time and making it accessible throughout the organization. A thoughtful, well-planned approach to health data exchange assures a financially viable collaborative care organization as well as quality patient care.