Eldermark Exchange Health Information Exchange

Why Your Community Needs an Exchange

Several forces are converging that will impact the landscape of health care delivery for older adults, making an Exchange more crucial than ever.

  1. The Affordable Health Care Act - The long-term success of this legislation in controlling costs will likely hinge on the way health care is delivered. This includes encouraging everything from the development of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and managing health care dollars within a community to penalizing hospitals with high preventable infection and readmission rates as well as financial penalties through the Center for Medicare Service (CMS).Meaningful Consent for Electronic Health Information Exchange
  2. Government Incentives for Providers Using Electronic Medical Records (EHRs) - The federal government wants to encourage the use of EHRs by health care providers through incentive programs that determine payment rates for certain programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Here's why:
    • EHRs are more beneficial than paper records because they allow health care providers to:
    • Track health care data (information) over time
    • Identify patients that are due for preventive health visits and screenings
    • Monitor certain measures of health for patients, like vaccines and blood pressure readings
    • Improve the overall quality of care
  3. Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) - The Office of the National Coordination for Health Information Technology (ONC) has provided funding for a number of information technology (IT) programs including the development of the NHIN. NHIN is a set of standards, services, and policies that enable the secure exchange of health information over the internet. NHIN helps to move health care information from a system where patient information is stored and shared securely. It also allows for the health information to follow the patient electronically so that wherever they receive health care, information is available to aid in clinical decision making (i.e. allergies, immunizations, problem lists and chief complaints to name a few).
  4. Health Information Exchange (HIE) - An HIE is the interoperable (sharing electronic health information back and forth between providers) electronic transmission of health related information between organizations according to nationally recognized standards. The mobilization of HIE provides the capability to move previously disparate healthcare information while maintaining the meaning of the information being exchanged. HIE can be exchanged nationally, within a state, region and community as well as across organizations. The goal of the HIE is to facilitate access to and retrieval of clinical data to provide safer, more timely, efficient and effective patient-centered care.
  5. Health Information Technology and Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECT) & Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPPA) (2013) - Written by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), these laws contain significant provisions regarding the privacy, security and breach notification rules of enforcement for electronic health information. For example, depending on the state in which a patient lives, their consent may be required before health information is exchanged.


Craig Patnode

"The elegance of our system is that it gives clinicians the time to do what they do best: spend more time with their residents.”

– Craig Patnode, Eldermark Founder & CEO