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In this Issue: Continuity of Care – The National Perspective
This month's issue of is the second of a two-part series that focuses on the quality of care overtime across the globe. Features provide insights on how the continuity of care is defined and realized by clinicians in the United States. The August 2013 issue dove into the continuity of care from clinicians' views in Hong Kong, Middle East and England.

State of the Industry

Continuity of Care in the United States
by David M. Schlossman, MD, PhD, FACP, MMI


Continuity of care (COC) is the sharing, coordination, and integration of medical information among different providers to support patient care across multiple points in time and multiple care settings. This process is a vital component of patient care quality. According to some studies, up to 80% of serious medical errors relate to miscommunication during transitions of care between medical providers, leading to more adverse events, more hospital readmissions, more unnecessary duplication of care, and higher costs.

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Meet an Informaticist

Rhelinda McFadden, RN, CPHIT


In this Q&A with Rhelinda McFadden, RN, CPHIT, academic detailer, she describes how continuity of care model is defined at the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, and how it is supporting its practice and empowering their clinicians. McFadden holds more than 10 years of health IT and EHR experience in the ambulatory care setting.

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Trend Spotter

5 Data Snapshots of Today's U.S. Health IT Industry
By Lorren Pettit, MS, MBA

During a time in our nation's recent history when the financial hurdles of the economic downturn challenged many sectors of the economy, the U.S. health IT industry emerged as one of the few bright spots on an otherwise bleak horizon. While it's true that the health IT industry has long enjoyed a history of growth, the health IT industry's recent trajectory elevated when the rest of the economy slumped. The gains in health IT's recent past have been propelled by the collusion of at least two related factors; the availability of incentive dollars offered by the federal government and the emergence of prescriptive health IT adoption roadmaps.

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3 Easy Ways to Participate in National Health IT Week
The 8th Annual National Health IT Week is September 16-20, 2013, bringing together individuals and organizations around the country to share their passion and commitment to realizing the value of health IT. More than 320 organizations have signed on as official Partners of the Week.  How will you be participating?  If you know, please share your plans with others in the Comments below.  If you don't know, read on for some simple and quick ways that you can demonstrate your support for the value of health IT.

Save 20% at the HIMSS Books Fall Sale
From now through Sept. 30, HIMSS is offering a 20 percent discount on all print books, eBooks and reports. Choose from dozens of titles on the hottest health IT topics, including mobile health, clinical & business intelligence, privacy, security, and more. Each of these books was written by and for leading-edge health IT professionals as purpose-driven resources to help you and your organization improve workflow, achieve stakeholder buy-in, and better implement complex, cutting edge solutions from Day 1 to Go-Live. Recent publications that are ideal for informaticists include A Guide to EHR Adoption: Implementation Through Organizational Transformation (print/eBook); Change Management Strategies for an Effective EMR Implementation (print/eBook); and Medical Informatics: An Executive Primer, 2nd Ed. (print/eBook).

Clinician Events During Next Month's Policy Summit
Join HIMSS during the 12th Annual Policy Summit on Sept. 18-19, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C. HIMSS is hosting two exclusive clinician events:

  • Clinician Education Breakout Session: On Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm, presenters will discuss how we can engage the patient through meaningful use and the road to safety regulations.
  • Tell Your Story on the Hill: During Congressional visits on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: share your value of health IT story with leading members of congress, their staff, the Nursing Congressional Caucus, and other leaders who are developing health policy.

Learn more about the HIMSS 12th Annual Policy Summit—the culmination of National Health IT Week.

Tool Box Picks

Compiled by Cheryl D. Parker, RN, MSN, PhD, FHIMSS

ASTM Continuity of Care Record (CCR)
The ASTM Continuity of Care Record (CCR) was developed in response to the need to organize and make transportable a set of basic information about a patient's healthcare that is accessible to clinicians and patients. The CCR is intended to foster and improve continuity of care, reduce medical errors and ensure a minimum standard of secure health information transportability.

Transitional Care Cut Hospital Readmissions For North Carolina Medicaid Patients With Complex Chronic Conditions
This Health Affairs study provides insight on how North Carolina hospitals reduced readmissions by 20% among the sickest and poorest patients in the state, thanks to a transitional care program that required intensive follow-ups with Medicaid patients. Subscription required to access.

What Do We Know About Patients' Perceptions of Continuity of Care? A Meta-synthesis of Qualitative Studies
This descriptive, qualitative meta-synthesis was conducted based on a literature search in various electronic databases using the subject heading 'continuity of care' and linked key terms.

HIMSS Continuity of Care Resources

Cheryl D. Parker, RN, MSN, PhD, FHIMSS, is chief nursing informatics officer at Rubbermaid Medical Solutions.

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Join the Discussion

Coordinated care—how can we start putting all the pieces together?
One of my favorite quotes from HIMSS13 was from Ochsner Health CEO Warner Thomas. He said "You never hear a patient say, ‘I want coordinated and organized care.' They just expect it." So, how can we start putting all the pieces together to realize coordinated care?

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