Com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem links emer­gency care

Rappahannock News - - WASHINGTON -

Vir­ginia’s first-of-its-kind Emer­gency Depart­ment Care Co­or­di­na­tion (EDCC) Pro­gram has launched, con­nect­ing all emer­gency de­part­ments in the state — Culpeper to War­ren­ton, Front Royal to UVA — and fa­cil­i­tat­ing near real-time com­mu­ni­ca­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion among health care providers, health plans, clin­i­cal and care man­age­ment per­son­nel for pa­tients re­ceiv­ing emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices. The pro­gram also in­te­grates the state’s Pre­scrip­tion Mon­i­tor­ing Pro­gram and the Ad­vance Health­care Di­rec­tive Registry.

“With this se­cure tech­nol­ogy we can pro­vide emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel with ac­cess to a pa­tient’s crit­i­cal med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion in a timely way, which will in­crease ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient care, avoid du­plica­tive tests, re­duce un­nec­es­sary costs, and im­prove health out­comes,” says Vir­ginia Gov. Ralph Northam.

“Near real-time, up-to-date in­for­ma­tion in an emer­gency depart­ment can as­sist health care providers in so many ways, from treat­ing pa­tients with chronic dis­ease to know­ing what med­i­ca­tions to avoid pre­scrib­ing to a pa­tient with al­ler­gies,” says Sec­re­tary of Health and Hu­man Re­sources Dr. Daniel Carey. “When you have the right care and the right in­for­ma­tion in the right set­ting, you are able to make the best de­ci­sion for the in­di­vid­ual pa­tient.”

Vir­ginia is the first state in the na­tion to con­nect all of its emer­gency depart­ment sys­tems in this way.

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