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Community Health Record

Systems engineers from the Health Systems Institute's Center for Pediatric Outcomes and Quality are working with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Children's) and Children's private practice physician community to build a Community Health Record (CHR). Through the CHR, providers will electronically share information to create a complete, integrated, longitudinal health record for each child. Having access to more complete medical information will enable providers to improve the quality of care they provide to patients. At the same time it will streamline information sharing process, enabling providers to achieve operational efficiencies. In addition to these benefits, the longitudinal health records in the CHR will enable researchers from Children's, Georgia Tech, Emory, and others to conduct innovative prevention, diagnosis, and treatment research that can dramatically effect the health of Children's in Georgia and nationwide.

The CHR team is currently in the feasibility assessment stage. During this stage, the team is identifying and evaluating alternative models for implementing the CHR. They are working with key stakeholders to identify needs, benefits, and risks associated with each model. Additionally, the team is examining regional health information organizations (RHIOs) and health information exchange (HIE) initiatives across the US to apply what others have learned to ensure the CHR succeeds in helping pediatric providers to take better care of their patients.

Sponsor: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

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