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HIE as a Money Saver

New research shows health information exchanges cut down on redundant and unnecessary medical tests by giving physicians access to a patient’s current medical history. Eliminating such redundancies lead to significant cost-savings, to the point where researchers estimate Medicare could save $63 million annually in outpatient therapeutic procedure costs.

The study, co-authored by fellows at State University of New York, Brookings Institution and University of Connecticut, evaluated data from a regional HIE in western New York. The authors limited their scope to procedures performed in the physician’s office, diverging from previous studies that have focused on the emergency department.

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