CHA News Article

Study finds HIE Saves ED Costs for Medicare

New research shows that having access to data from a health information exchange (HIE) improved the quality of emergency care and saved more than $1 million in patient charges, or nearly $2,000 per patient. A study presented this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians focused on 11 emergency departments in South Carolina, and reported on results from 532 patients who had information available in the HIE and for whom the clinicians caring for the patients completed a survey. Findings indicated an average savings of $1,947 per patient, based on Medicare-allowable charges. Also in the study, 80 percent of clinicians reported improved quality of care and time savings with HIE.