As healthcare becomes more integrated, information exchange is more critical

Charlotte Hovet, MD, Dell Healthcare Services

The new payment models in the healthcare marketplace all provide incentives for coordinated care as a means of improving outcomes and lowering costs, especially for chronic diseases. As a consequence, 2014 looks to be the year of the health information exchange (HIE).

Door-to-balloon-time and the perils of quality metrics

Aaron Segal, MD, and Richard Young, MD

"The ER doctor ordered the heart cath, so I just went ahead and did it. Besides, if I didn’t do the cath it would make our door-to-balloon-time quality score go down."

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