Monday, October 8, 2007

Nursing Homes finally getting attention

FierceHealthIT had an interesting commentary piece on IT in the long-term care setting. As a physician who cares for patients in a nursing home, I know first hand, that caring for a patient in a nursing home is extremely challenging.

There is a complete lack of any IT at most nursing homes. Patients frequently come from multiple sources, such as community and tertiary hospitals. Patients bring with them stashes of paper-- labs, radiology reports, discharge summaries etc. Trying to put all the information together to get a complete view of a patient is nearly next to impossible. It is at the nursing homes where IT- RHIOs/HIEs and telemedicine can have a real impact in the quality of care of patients.
I'm happy to see long-term care finally get some attention.

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