AHRQ Health IT Update: Using HIE in Primary Care

New Guide Available on Using Health Information Exchange in Primary Care


A new guide developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) outlines a framework for primary care practices to connect to regional health information exchanges. “Regional Health eDecisions: A Guide to Connecting Health Information Exchange in Primary Care,” establishes a blueprint for assessing organizational readiness for connecting an electronic health record (EHR) to a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO), creating leadership and clinician buy-in for information exchange, addressing technical issues, and ensuring that data acquired from information exchange is accessible within clinician workflows. Using practical insights from Oklahoma Physicians Resource/Research Network, the guide provides a framework for using information obtained from RHIOs for clinical decision making and the delivery of preventive services. With special sections for practice leaders, IT staff, and practice personnel, the guide outlines practical approaches to achieve optimal connectedness with RHIOs to support patient centered care.


Select to access the guide: http://www.healthit.ahrq.gov/RegionalHealtheDecisionsGuide.PDF.

As a complement to the guide, AHRQ will be hosting a webinar August 6 about using health information exchange to improve primary care practice. Visit http://healthit.ahrq.gov/events/national-web-conference-use-health-it-practice-based-research-networks-pbrns-improve-patient to register.