Plainfield health center is a federally qualified medical center in Vermont that has just installed the Vermont Information Technology Leaders interface. This allows them to get lab test results from the Vermont’s health information exchange network.
The benefit of this venture is that those physicians who have recommended tests for patients at the Central Vermont Medical Center and other local ones will have fast and secured access (electronic) to results.
The Plainfield health center provides care to more than 13,000 patients. This initiative will also result in a faster turnaround time from placing a test and getting the result. The information can simultaneously be added to the patient’s chart and also add to the visit templates.
From a scientific point of view, researchers and data scientists can better analyze lab data for particular patient populations with regard to diagnosis and treatment. The quality of care would improve as a result of electronic lab results. This would also lead to improved control of costs since the process becomes centralized.
Health care centers across the US are now relying on various forms of software for managing health records. The EHR application Health Fusion.com is used for faster processing of tasks such as scheduling and revenue cycle management. Health centers prefer software like this because they’re inexpensive and highly efficient.
The Plainfield health center with this interface of VITL allows health care providers to access electronic health record (EHR) systems. One example of the EHR system is the Health Center. This network allows providers to send and receive patient data across various health care organizations.
With the broad range of data transmission across such channels, the care delivery, patient safety and health outcome can be improved. The success of VITL can be understood from the fact that it has built nearly 350 interfaces to health care organizations. This means that the networking between health care providers would also increase.
Data scientists can also benefit from the huge amount of information that would be available, allowing better identification of trends. Data from the VITL is also fed into early prediction systems in order to manage disease outbreaks.
The information flow chart is pretty simple. The results of the lab test of the patient are received by the physician in the electronic format from VITL. The data is then filed into the lab’s information system. With this happening in a very short span of time, the Health Center would be able to inform patients about their results without any delay.
Vermont has been in the news for its health care reform efforts, and this is another developing story. John K Evans who is the President and CEO of VITL has mentioned that they would increase the number of interfaces that are deployed. This also means the development of more healthcare organizations across the country. The health information exchange network would be stronger than before.
Networking between health care departments is seen as a backbone to the success of health care reform efforts in various states. Furthermore, with Obama’s health care insurance policy moving forward, health information systems will continue to thrive. To this end, central databases will help improve clinical outcomes and patient care.