Patients move across healthcare organizations and utilize services with great frequency and variety. This fact impacts both health information technology policy and patient care. To understand the challenges faced when developing strategies for effective health information exchange, it is important to understand patterns of patient movement and utilization for many healthcare contexts, including managing public-health notifiable conditions. We studied over 10 years of public-health notifiable diseases using the nation's most comprehensive operational automatic electronic laboratory reporting system to characterize patient utilization patterns. Our cohort included 412,699 patients and 833,710 reportable cases. 11.3% of patients had multiple notifiable case reports, and 19.5% had notifiable disease data distributed across 2 or more institutions. This evidence adds to the growing body of evidence that patient data resides in many organizations and suggests that to fully realize the value of HIT in public health, cross-organizational data sharing must be meaningfully incentivized.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 2012|
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