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Improving Patient Care by Exchanging Data
State healthcare providers including Public Health Agencies, Long Term Care Facilities, Hospitals and Clinics from across Minnesota applied for state funding to increase their technical capability to exchange patient data. As part of the State Health Information Exchange (HIE) Cooperative Agreement Program, the state of Minnesota required technology capability and readiness to exchange patient data across the 46 unique organizations.
The primary goal of this program is to improve the consistency and quality of patient care through improved data exchanged between health care providers. This program highlighted 3 ways to improve patient care. First, having the most current information about that patient allows for improved patient safety and care. Second, transferring information without additional intervention reduces opportunity for error or delay. Third, if less time or paper is involved, ultimately, costs will be reduced.
This program addressed these needs by increasing the technical capability of grant partner healthcare providers to exchange Continuity of Care Documents or CCDs. The CCD is a data set of patient information developed to nationwide standards and transmitted according to security standards appropriate for patient health information.
Due to the complexities of creating a unified solution to exchange patient data across 46 unique healthcare organizations, Coldwater Software designated a project management team to coordinate all project activities, ensure budget and timeline adherence and manage project risk.
Detailed implementation plans were created for each of the 46 healthcare organizations and were designed to consider their existing technological environment and depth of IT resources to recommend one of four technology solutions to share CCDs.
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