Lori Gardner, Senior Director
Membership and Public Relations
301.984.9496 ext. 226
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nov 04, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are helping bring better communication and more coordinated care to some physicians and patients, but not to all, according to the new white paper "Cancer Care in the Age of Electronic Health Information Exchange" released by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) Institute for the Future of Oncology. Unanswered questions and subsequent uncertainty around the opportunities and services that HIE has to offer is resulting in uneven adoption, not only in community cancer centers but across the U.S.
Nearly 40 oncologists and cancer care program executives gathered at the inaugural meeting of the Institute, where topics included incentives and barriers to HIE implementation and participation; the potential for HIEs to increase patient empowerment and engagement; and the best ways to break down information silos. Among the paper’s main findings:
The discussion around electronic health information exchange mirrors one of the key issues identified in the latest Institute of Medicine report on cancer care "Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis." The report notes that health systems need to provide better information to patients and incorporate the use of data—or health information technology—among other recommendations for improving cancer care delivery.
"In an environment where demand for clinical coordination among providers is growing, HIE promises to have a profound impact," says Kim Woofter, RN, OCN, a member of ACCC’s Board of Trustees and Chief Operating Officer of a large physician group practice. "Cancer care is commonly delivered in multiple settings, and access to information through HIE can equip providers and their patients with the information and tools they need to partner in making critical health decisions."
In developing streamlined information exchange systems that benefit patients and providers, the ACCC white paper notes that one size does not fit all and that a variety of options are available. As payment models shift from volume-based to value-based care, differing systems like public, state and regional HIE organizations will become increasingly fitting for creating cost-effective, quality cancer care.
ACCC will continue to analyze HIE trends and their subsequent impacts on cancer care as community cancer centers begin to adopt and implement the varying HIE systems that work best, especially amidst major consolidations.
To learn more about these findings, visit www.accc-cancer.org.