Why should hospitals SHARE?
1. Enhance patient care. ER physicians can quickly access the health records of an out-of-town patient or a patient that has not been treated locally within the past several months. Knowing about medication allergies, current medications, chronic health conditions and more can help enhance care.
2. Make better-informed care decisions. A hospital and a local clinic can exchange specific clinical information needed (labs, radiology reports, medication history, etc.) electronically in real time. Having access to all the health information about a patient at the point of care empowers providers to make decisions that improve treatment outcomes.
3. Smoothly transition patients to other providers. Hospitals and clinics can make referrals and handle transitions of care to other hospital systems, health care or home care providers and medical specialists using electronic communications rather than faxes, phone calls, or unsecure emails. SHARE can even expand your referral area and eliminate the cost to transport medical records between facilities.
4. Access immunization registry. SHARE is live with the Arkansas Department of Health and enables facilities to automatically manage, track and report immunizations (SHARE supports bi-directional immunizations via query and response), electronic lab reports, syndromic surveillance and cancer registry to public health registries through SHARE (where the EHR system is capable).
5. Achieve Meaningful Use. Satisfy Meaningful Use criteria, including Stage 3 Objectives that require hospitals to send a care summary (CCDs) with each transition of care or referral, and submit electronic data to immunizations registries as bi-directional via query and response.