2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Seminar Series: Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD
"Health Information Exchange as a Driver of Improved Population Health"
I have spent the past decade studying the progress of electronic health information exchange (HIE) and EHR system interoperability in the U.S. My talk will begin by setting the policy context and explaining why health information exchange is a key enabler of improved population health. Despite substantial resources devoted to HIE, several recent evidence reviews reveal that we still lack a robust understanding of the extent to which HIE improves outcomes, and, more importantly, the underlying mechanisms. To help address this gap, I will present results from a recent study that assesses whether one approach to HIE that has grown rapidly in recent years – Epic Systems’ CareEverywhere platform – is associated with improved outcomes in the Emergency Department, and whether this relationship is mediated by a key hypothesized mechanism: the timeliness of information return.