Health Information Exchange and Geriatric Medicine
GLHC is proud to work with the office of Purushottam Naik, MD in Flint, MI. They specialize in geriatric medicine. Geriatricians specialize in the unique health needs of the elderly, including chronic diseases, nutritional problems, skin ailments, cognitive loss, memory impairment, adverse effects of medications, and immobility and balances issues.
Demand for healthcare services and community resources for older adults are continues to increase.
According to “The State of Aging and Health in America 2013” report, growth in the number and proportion of older adults is unprecedented in the history of the United States. Two factors—longer life spans and aging baby boomers—will combine to double the population of Americans aged 65 years or older during the next 25 years to about 72 million. By 2030, older adults will account for roughly 20% of the U.S. population.”
A Greater Genesee County Accountable Care Organization (GGCACO) initiative introduced Dr. Naik’s office to GLHC. The GGCACO works in the greater Genesee County area to enhance patient care and improve health outcomes while lowering associated costs.
Health Information Exchange Solutions
Through the connection with GLHC, information about immunizations given at the office are automatically sent to the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) and labs completed through Quest automatically become part of the patient’s record in VIPR, the GLHC community health record. Dr. Naik and his office staff also have access to VIPR through a secure web portal. This access allows them to see demographic and clinical information about their patients from across the state.
Joyce Fritzler, Office Manager, affirmed the benefits of Admission, Discharge Transfer (ADT) Notifications, another service provided to them by GLHC. “It helps us schedule patients after they have been in the hospital.” ADT Notifications are real time updates of patient admissions and discharges. GLHC provides these updates from over 100 hospitals/facilities across Michigan, including the three largest hospital systems in Genesee County and closest to Dr. Naik’s office.
To coordinate care with other specialists and primary care physicians in Flint, Dr. Naik’s office uses the Bridge Referral Application. Joyce explained, “We are able to consult and communicate with other doctors even when both of our offices are busy.”
By using health information technology and exchange services Dr. Naik’s office is able to enhance the geriatric care that they provide to their patients, gain office efficiencies, and reduce costs.