CHAPTER 8

Right Time, Right Place

Improving Quality at the Point of Treatment

This chapter is about health information exchanges (HIEs) and the intention of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)’s to create a network of HIEs that would allow an individual’s information to be shared and accessible by providers across the country. The right treatment at the right time wherever the patient happens to be is expected as part of high-quality healthcare. No matter where the patient is receiving care, it is important that all the information that is important to her care is available to the treating clinicians when they are providing care. The right place may be another doctor or the ER of a hospital. Requesting ...

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