The Time is NOW to Send Patient Visit Summary Records to HEALTHeLINK!
By Jon Phillips, Director, Health Information Technology
Millennium has been working diligently over the past year to implement Cerner HeatheIntent as our population health management platform. We are excited that our nine early adopters will start using HealtheIntent to identify how to better target their services to improve health care delivery.
Our goal is to pull together data from multiple sources to provide the most complete record of Medicaid patient encounters in Western New York. To date, we are already receiving clinical encounter data from ECMC, Kaleida and Niagara Falls health systems, and Medicaid claims data from the New York Department of Health.
Our focus now, must turn to our safety net providers that are not yet sending their patient visit summary records (CCDAs – “Consolidated” Clinical Document Architecture).
CCDAs provide important patient encounter information including allergies, problems (conditions), immunizations, vital signs, medications, tests, results, procedures, patient demographics and insurance provider. This timely information is need to provide actionable insights to improve patient care.
For physicians who have consented to share patient information with HEALTHeLINK, new CCDAs will be batched and sent to HealtheIntent nightly. With this information, we can identify patient risks and important actions that care providers can take to close gaps in care that, if not addressed, could lead to preventable hospital admissions, emergency room visits, and poor health.
Two of our early adopters, Elmwood Health Center and Jericho Road Community Health Center, have already sent CCDAs to HEALTHeLINK. CCDAs will enable Millennium to more effectively partner with our safety net providers and improve patient care.
Because of the importance of this data sharing to our mission, Millennium will require that CCDA’s be sent to HEALTHeLINK during our performance year that started April 1, 2017.
The time to start this most vital process is now. The clock is ticking!