More than half of Americans will require long-term care in their lifetime. While an aging population turns to retirement communities and skilled nursing facilities, many will receive care from multiple community providers and hospitals.
Recognizing the benefit to building a complete patient record, Jewish Senior Life, has become the first senior living facility to send clinical care data to Rochester RHIO.
“At Jewish Senior Life, we care for nearly 2,000 people every year,” said Mike King, president and CEO. “By partnering with Rochester RHIO to contribute secure patient data, we are ensuring that these individuals will receive the best possible care no matter where they are being treated.”
Organizations achieve bi-directional exchange through RHIO’s Contribute service, meaning they can share data that helps caregivers provide better care for their patients. Contribute is used by hospitals, health care organizations, private practices and long-term care facilities to improve health care quality, coordination and efficiency. Jewish Senior Life is the first long-term care facility to meet the state requirements to send RHIO clinical care documents. Clinical access requires patient consent.
Data sharing builds a more complete medical record for communities and individuals. When connected health care providers share patient data, it results in fewer repeated tests, better diagnosis and monitoring of chronic conditions, and a comprehensive patient health record.
“Collaboration with partners such as Jewish Senior Life reflects that coordinated care is extending across a much wider spectrum of facilities than ever before,” says Denise DiNoto, director of community services. “Its commitment is the first of many we expect from senior living organizations, making the community’s ability to deliver efficient and effective health care all the stronger.”
As more participants use Contribute, providers gain a more complete picture of a patient’s health, including recent hospitalizations, laboratory tests and imaging, and medications administered. Earlier this year, Rochester RHIO announced that 500 data sources are contributing patient data, representing hundreds of health care organizations that serve more than a million residents each year.