Building an Integrated Patient Information System for a Healthcare Network

Bhushan Kapoor (California State University, Fullerton, USA) and Martin Kleinbart (DPM, Citrus Valley Health Partners, USA)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 41
EISBN13: 9781466636019|DOI: 10.4018/jcit.2012040103
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Abstract

The recent healthcare reform act provides incentive payments to providers for their ‘meaningful use’ of electronic health records to achieve significant improvements in care. The HITECH Act 2009 provides incentives payments through Medicare and Medicaid to clinicians and hospitals when they achieve specified improvements in care delivery. Citrus Valley Health Partners’ (CVHP) goals are bigger than just to comply with the regulations or simply to qualify for incentives, but rather include transforming their business to the next level in care delivery. They are seeking cooperation from their affiliates to build a community health information exchange that will allow CVHP and the affiliates to share and integrate patient health related information between their medical centers and the private physicians in their community. The integrated system will help community healthcare providers to work as a single operating entity focused and aligned on improving patient care, operational efficiency and cost effectiveness.
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