Technology Helps Indigent Care

The Austin American-Statesman today is reporting how the Indigent Care Coalition uses health care information technology to improve care for indigent patients.

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The system improves both the efficiency and effectiveness of the care provided indigent patients by reducing duplication of services and enhancing patient compliance. These are two of the key points in TMA's Healthy Vision 2010. Regarding health information technology (HIT), Healthy Vision 2010 says:

The Houston/Harris County Public Health Task Force envisions a “community health information network” that would link the region’s vast public health safety net with individual physicians’ offices and clinics. The network would prevent the all-too-common instance in which physicians and emergency room personnel must repeat a patient’s expensive tests and treatments because they have no accurate record of what happened the last time the patient visited a different clinic or hospital.

The Statesman reports:

The system cost the Indigent Care Collaboration several million dollars, interim Executive Director Ann Kitchen said. To date, it has saved more than $4 million by getting patients on prescription drug coverage alone, Kitchen said. And as the program continues, the group expects to save millions more by reducing redundant care, medical errors and expensive emergency room visits.

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Published in: on May 2, 2006 at 1:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

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