04 Oct Santa Cruz HIO: How HIEs Can Improve Population Health Efforts
Statewide population health efforts are often challenged due to patients seeing a number of different providers, and regularly changing health plans. This leads to an incomplete picture of the patient, and can hinder any population health program.
In addition, providers outside of the immediate care team or health plan are not always kept in the loop with regards to patient data. These organizations can include public health, behavioral health and ancillary facilities, which are all critical to the care continuum.
Thankfully, HIEs are playing a major role in tackling this challenge, and Santa Cruz HIO (SCHIO) has been providing population health solutions since 1996. According to a recent Healthcare Tech Outlook guest article by Bill Beighe, CIO of SCHIO, his HIE serves approximately 300,000 patients, and offers robust data exchange, care coordination, and population health solutions.
The organization is part of the SHIEC “Patient Centered Data Home” (PCDH) project, which alerts SCHIO when a patient receives care outside of the area. When the patient, returns home, the regional caregivers can easily query the data about care performed out of the area.
The County of Santa Cruz Health Service, a long-time partner of SCHIO, was also awarded a four-year grant from the State of California for their “Whole Person Care” program. This effort aims to support social determinants of health by better serving patients by taking into account not just the clinical status, but also the social status of the patient.
IMAT Solutions also plays a critical role in advancing population health efforts. The company’s platform connects and economically brings together all data from across a large and diverse continuum of care. The platform Connects, Collects, Validates, Normalizes, Indexes, and Codifies all data, no matter the source or the format – including unstructured data. This ultimately offers a complete picture of the patient and population.
HIEs like SCHIO will continue to drive population health efforts through the use of patient data to improve care, and spot trends and issues within their population community. Ultimately, the statewide quality of care increases, and the overall population can get on the path to long-term health.
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