An EMR for Every Patient

Greg Freeman , February 13, 2012
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This article appears in the February 2012 issue of HealthLeaders magazine.

The Hawaii Island Beacon Community intends to build an interconnected system of care based on collaboration, technology, and engagement designed to improve health and healthcare delivery. Through the development of medical homes that utilize EMRs linked through health information exchange, the consortium is aiming for more comprehensive, coordinated healthcare, particularly for the chronically ill, resulting in shorter waits for appointments and greater access to medical specialists.

More broadly, HIBC is targeting these community objectives:

  • Improve access to primary care, specialty care, and behavioral healthcare through the implementation of a patient-centered medical home model and the use of health information technology.
  • Monitor patients more carefully and in a more targeted manner to help avert the onset and advancement of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
  • Reduce health disparities for Native Hawaiians and other populations at risk by developing personalized interventions that ensure they receive the care they need.
  • Assist physicians in achieving meaningful use of electronic health
    records, which will drive further improvements in health and
    healthcare delivery.
  • Create scalable health IT–enabled care management models that provide small, rural physician practices access to care coordinators to better manage high-risk, chronically ill patients.
  • Pursue a regional health IT–enabled strategy to facilitate transitions of care across sites, and empower physicians and other care providers with more comprehensive patient information.
  • Embed healthcare workers and volunteers in communities to provide culturally sensitive group classes to promote patient engagement and provide health and wellness education.

This article appears in the February 2012 issue of HealthLeaders magazine.

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