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Study finds health info exchanges lead to cost savings
Modern Healthcare

When hospital emergency departments use data accessed through health information exchanges, it results in “net societal saving” with corresponding financial savings as well—mostly through reduced hospital admissions, according to a report posted on the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association’s website. Vanderbilt University researchers studied all instances in which health information exchange data was accessed in the emergency departments of 12 Memphis hospitals over a 13-month period, August 2007 through August 2008, with one hospital—the largest in the study—not gaining health information exchange access until the 10th month of the data collection period.