Posted at: 03/06/2013 11:19 AM
Updated at: 03/06/2013 1:15 PM
By: Benita Zahn
You won't find any paper records being hauled from office to office by Dr. Fred Venditti. This cardiologist, part of the Albany Med Faculty Physician's group bid farewell to paper records 5 years ago. Today he and his partners are on the vanguard of what's called point to point doctor communication.
"The issues that we're dealing with in health care right now are around quality, coordination, cost. It's all about communication. And so the improve more you can communicate with other providers that are caring for a patient I think the better you're going to do in those three c-s." >
Frustrated by patients who arrived with incomplete medical records, through no fault of theirs, Dr. Venditti and his group started working on the secure electronic system for sharing.
They took the 17 item structured medical form established by the feds and embellished - adding opportunities for a doctor to add notes, observations - a narrative about the patient - creating a more detailed picture of that person.
" This is the start of the next big wave" says Mark McKinney, CEO of Healthcare Information Exchange New York, commonly called HIXNY.
HIXNY is a collaboration of health plans, hospitals, physician practices and other entities in the 17 counties of the Capital Region and Northern New York. It built the local network to facilitate sharing electronic medical information.
"The real benefit here is that you know who signed on, who signed something out something that we don't have with paper records."
In short, improved auditing.
No one knows for sure if electronic medical record sharing will save money but Dr. Venditti and McKinney are sure it will yield improve the quality and safety of care. So they're looking for another medical practice to partner with them and move this project out of test mode to practical use. It will be the realization of two and a half years of development - and put the Albany med practice on the forefront of sharing medical records.