Evaluating the Impact on Quality and Costs of Regional Clinical Data Exchange Programs in New York State

This study is enrolling participants by invitation only.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
The Commonwealth Fund
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00571376
First received: December 11, 2007
Last updated: June 17, 2013
Last verified: June 2013
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to measure the financial effects of health information technology and health information exchange in regional health information organizations in New York State, as mediated by changes in quality, safety and efficiency.


Condition Intervention
Quality of Health Care
Health Care Costs
Other: Health information technology and exchange

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Evaluating the Impact on Quality and Costs of Regional Clinical Data Exchange Programs in New York State

Further study details as provided by Weill Medical College of Cornell University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Financial return-on-investment [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Usage of health information technology and health information exchange [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Changes in health care quality [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Changes in patient safety [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Changes in health care efficiency [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 10000
Study Start Date: July 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
1
Those exposed to health information technology or health information exchange
Other: Health information technology and exchange
Health information technology includes electronic health records, electronic prescribing, and electronic results notification and/or viewers. Health information exchange includes use of central repositories of data and peer-to-peer models.
2
Those not exposed to health information technology or health information exchange

Detailed Description:

In 2004, the federal government set an ambitious goal of ensuring that most Americans have electronic health records within 10 years and the presence of a widespread clinical information exchange capability will greatly facilitate this goal. Through HEAL NY, New York State is currently awarding millions of dollars in grants to support health information technology initiatives across the state through regional clinical information exchanges. The financial success of these initiatives is expected to result from improvements in health care quality and efficiency. However, whether these initiatives will be cost saving, as experts assert, and what the return-on-investments of these initiatives will be are unknown. Answering these questions will provide critical information to the nation as we progress towards a national health information network. We will conduct a multi-center financial evaluation of regional clinical information exchanges. The results of the financial evaluations proposed in this study will provide a framework and standardized methodology including metrics for financial evaluations of regional health information organizations and return-on-investment analyses from the perspectives of providers and payers. We will consider the financial effects as driven by changes in quality, safety, and efficiency.

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Patients and health care providers in the communities of the regional health information organizations, including those in ambulatory care practices, hospitals, long-term care facilities, home care programs and emergency departments.

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients and health care providers participating in regional health information organizations or their affiliate institutions.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • None
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00571376

Locations
United States, New York
Brooklyn Health Information Exchange
Brooklyn, New York, United States, 11219
HealtheLink
Buffalo, New York, United States, 14225
The Taconic Health Information Network and Community
Fishkill, New York, United States, 12524
Rochester RHIO
Rochester, New York, United States, 14614
Sponsors and Collaborators
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
The Commonwealth Fund
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Rainu Kaushal, MD, MPH Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Study Director: Lisa M Kern, MD, MPH Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Weill Medical College of Cornell University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00571376     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 20060550
Study First Received: December 11, 2007
Last Updated: June 17, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Weill Medical College of Cornell University:
Quality of health care
Health care costs

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 20, 2014