Lutheran SeniorLife: Improving Patient Care through Health Information Posted on April 27, 2023October 4, 2023 Data is everywhere, and with 21st century technologies, the exchange of information is seamless. At Lutheran SeniorLife, we have created electronic pathways with numerous health care providers to exchange patient information for the benefit of the persons we serve. “At Lutheran SeniorLife, we understand the value of seamless information exchange and its potential to transform healthcare delivery,” said David Fenoglietto, President and CEO of Lutheran SeniorLife. Lutheran SeniorLife exchanges health information electronically utilizing innovative platforms that provides a secure and efficient way to share patients’ medical information, ensuring that each person receives high-quality care and that healthcare providers have access to accurate and up-to-date information. Throughout Lutheran SeniorLife, these information exchange systems have been established in our continuing care communities of St. John and Passavant, the Visiting Nurses Association of Western Pennsylvania (VNA) and our LIFE centers. Here are some benefits of health information exchange: Improves Care One of the main benefits of Lutheran SeniorLife’s ability to exchange health information electronically is that it improves the quality of care through the sharing of patient information. Utilizing various platforms for healthcare providers to share medical information makes it easier for providers to collaborate and coordinate care. In turn, healthcare providers are able to make informed decisions about a resident’s care. They can access up-to-date medical information, including lab results, medication lists, and care plans, allowing them to provide personalized, evidence-based care that meets the person’s unique needs. This leads to better patient outcomes, as Lutheran SeniorLife can work closer with providers to develop and implement more effective treatment plans. “Health information exchange is not just about sharing data, it’s about improving the quality and coordination of care for the persons we serve,” said Fenoglietto. Increases Efficiency and Accuracy Another benefit of Lutheran SeniorLife’s ability to electronically exchange health information is that it increases efficiency. By reducing the need for paper-based records and manual data entry, the use of various integrated platforms streamlines the process of sharing patient information. This, in turn, saves time and resources, allowing healthcare providers to focus on providing high-quality care to their patients. Enhances Patient Safety The electronic sharing of data also enhances patient safety by identifying potential risks to take the appropriate action. This helps prevent medication errors, and reduce the risk of adverse drug reactions. By providing timely access to patient’s medical information, healthcare providers are able to make informed decisions and develop care plans when appropriate. The sharing of information is also particularly important in emergency situations, where quick access to medical information can be critical in saving a patient’s life. Reduces Healthcare Costs Finally, the electronic exchange of health information reduces healthcare costs by streamlining the process of sharing medical information. By reducing the need for duplicate tests, unnecessary procedures, and other wasteful practices, data sharing helps to lower healthcare costs while improving quality and outcomes. “Our ability to exchange health information across multiple platforms allows us to deliver the best quality of care possible,” said Fenoglietto. “We are committed to leveraging technology to enhance our ability to provide person-centered care that is truly integrated and comprehensive.” In the end, Lutheran SeniorLife’s ability to exchange information securely with health care providers’ increases efficiencies, enhances patient safety and helps reduce health care costs while improving the quality of healthcare in our communities.