Study Shows Almost One-Third of Patients Visit Multiple Hospitals, Demonstrating Need for Information-Sharing
Surveying adult patients visiting Massachusetts emergency departments, inpatient units and observation units from 2002-2007, the study found 31 percent visited two or more hospitals and accounted for 56.5 percent of all acute-care visits. Additionally, 1 percent visited five or more hospitals, making up about one-tenth of all acute-care visits.
"For the first time we showed just how common it is to go across sites of care," wrote the authors, researchers at Children's Hospital Boston. "Now understanding this, we can look at the issue of information fragmentation and demonstrate the critical value of making vital health information accessible across settings."
Read an abstract of the study in the Archives of Internal Medicine on information sharing.
Read more coverage about fragmentation of care:
- Study Examining Cost of Poorly Coordinated Care Could Help ACOs
- Study: Potential Problems With Role of Physicians and Specialists in Medical Home Model
© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2012. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.
To receive the latest hospital and health system business and legal news and analysis from Becker's Hospital Review, sign-up for the free Becker's Hospital Review E-weekly by clicking here.