Apr 10, 2013
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
|Where||Health Sciences Library room 328|
|Contact Name||Heather Lewis|
|Add event to calendar||
Because suboptimal care transitions frequently are associated with inadequate care coordination and ineffective communication among providers, patients, and their caregivers, the use of health information technology (HIT) has been identified as a promising strategy for improving the quality and safety of health care for patients with chronic health conditions.
A randomized trial was conducted of HIT-facilitated care transitions among Medicaid beneficiaries in six North Carolina counties. Patients were assigned to (1) usual care (n=2281), (2) clinical decision support (CDS) care transition messaging to patients and their medical homes (n=2240), or (3) CDS care transition messaging to patients, their medical homes, and their care managers (n=3482). This study sought to increase knowledge and understanding regarding the use of CDS for improving clinical and economic outcomes within a vulnerable population with chronic disease and/or mental illness; and to demonstrate a generalizable approach in a community setting that can be replicated at other sites.