How can health IT help coordinate care and services for children?
Health IT can facilitate in coordinating care for children in different settings, from foster homes to pediatricians' offices, schools, and even sports teams. Sharing of important information leads to better coordination of care and better health outcomes for children. Specifically, health IT provides unique opportunities to increase a child's continuity of care by ensuring medical information is shared between providers and schools or providers and public health professionals.
Additionally, the increasing use of electronic health records (EHRs), clinical decision support systems, patient-provider messaging, integrated health information systems, and Telemedicine/Telehealth technologies, is providing timely and relevant medical information at the point of care, which is critical to improving quality and outcomes.
There are a number of organizations that support the development of an integrated information system for children. For example, All Kids Count is a National Technical Assistance Center fostering development of integrated child health information systems. The Public Health Informatics Institute is one of the initiatives from the All Kids Count project that works with public health agencies to develop their integrated information systems. Nemours, a child health system, has created a number of health IT services that connect the patient, the family, the community and providers - both in and out of the network.
Below are links to programs and initiatives which use health IT to help coordinate care and services. These examples and their tools listed below can be modified to fit other organizations:
E-mail the HealthIT e-mail box: firstname.lastname@example.org