The purpose of our discussion was to describe in very simple terms, the problem that is faced by physicians, patients and care-givers in trying to keep track of a patient's clinical data including medication lists. We used this discussion to serve as a laymans introduction to the concept of a RHIO or HIE.
Dr Maggio discusses Medication Reconciliation and how patients manage their own medication lists.
Some points discussed:
- Patient clinical data is spread out throughout the community, at the various hospitals, imaging centers, labs etc.
- Patients in their healthcare, can undergo multiple care transitions during their illness. These transitions may include home to hospital, to nursing home/rehab, to home with VNA and finally back home under previous arrangemnt.
- Challenge for the physician and the patient/care-givers, is keeping track of the data that is generated at each of these care settings. It is critical not to lose track of any data as care settings change.
- It is importany to maintain a unified view of the patient regardless of the care setting.