Improvements in Emergency Department Information Flow
Two of the key promises of the health IT implementation push are the promise of enhanced workflow efficiencies and technology-driven cost savings.
Under the state of Washington’s Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE), the Washington State Health Care Authority recently reported a projected $31 million in cost savings by reducing unnecessary ED visits by Medicaid patients by up to 23%.
The EDIE also allows any ER physician view patient’s treatment plan and provides hospital’s social work staff to receive email notifications that pertain to their patients.
The idea for the EDIE first started when a social worker in Idaho began tracking high-utilization populations, with the goal of improving their care. Salt Lake City-based Collective Medical Technologies developed the EDIE platform.