By Scott Cummings
When doctors have access to complete and accurate medical information, patients receive better care.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), electronic health records (EHRs) provide access to up-to-date information about patients’ conditions, while lowering the chance of medical errors, eliminating duplicate tests and improving overall quality of care. Studies show 88 percent of physicians report their EHR produces clinical benefits for their practice.
That is why at Care1st Health Plan Arizona, we support the statewide adoption of EHR and have been long-time advocates and partners of Health Current, which operates Arizona’s Health Information Exchange (HIE) and provides Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) (Medicaid) plans and commercial health plans with integrated health information.
Over the years, Health Current’s efforts have helped more than 3,000 Arizona providers adopt and use EHRs, helping drive EHR adoption statewide to more than 85 percent.
By providing enhanced integrated data during the delivery of care, health plans can offer more timely and efficient services. At Care1st, HIE not only grants us immediate access to member health information, it also provides us notifications for unique cases such as high emergency room utilization, which helps us coordinate care more effectively.
As a result, Care1st recently provided Health Current a $12,000 sponsorship to support greater EHR adoption. Together, we can enhance the availability of complete and accurate health information to promote a healthier future for Arizonans.
Scott Cummings is state president of Care1st Health Plan Arizona. He is responsible for the strategic direction, operations and development of the organization.