Virginia electronically links all of its emergency departments

The ability to view information on a patient's 10 previous ED visits saves on unneeded imaging tests

August 7, 2018

The Virginia Emergency Department Care Coordination Program is a single, statewide network that connects all hospital emergency departments in the commonwealth, enabling real-time communication and collaboration among healthcare providers, according to an article on the Healthcare IT News website.

A physician can clicks on the an icon on their computer to see a summary report displays a patient's previous emergency department visits and admissions and the patient's diagnosis and care coordination plan for care after the emergency visit. 

Within a special link, the physician can access information about certain emergency department visits across Virginia that use the same EHR.

Additionally, the Emergency Department Care Coordination Program will expand to include other downstream providers, including primary care physicians, case managers, nursing homes, CSBs, private behavioral health providers and Federally Qualified Health Centers, who will have the ability to use the technology to receive alerts and contribute to patients' care guidelines.

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