Over the past decade, the healthcare system in the United States has been increasingly encumbered by an aging population, the burden of chronic disease, and economic pressures. In response to this confluence of events, federal healthcare reform has stimulated the public and private sectors to bend the cost curve and improve performance. Today, many healthcare organizations are in the process of transitioning from a fragmented, volume-‐based fee-‐for-‐service model towards a coordinated, integrated, and value-‐based paradigm that strongly emphasizes the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient-‐centered care. This white paper will explore how health information exchange is essential to supporting efforts to improve quality of care and reduce costs.
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