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Saurabh Rahurkar, Ph.D.: The Relationship Between Health Information Exchange and Patient Centered Outcomes

Saurabh Rahurkar, BDS, DrPH

Friday, April 20 at 12:30 p.m. in IT 252

Abstract

Health Information Exchange is critical to safety, quality, efficiency and costs of care in the era of health reform. Widespread HIE has the potential to improve health care outcomes, boost efficiencies and reduce costs of care. Several recent strategies focused on improving quality of care such as the hospital readmission reduction program and patient centered medical homes critically depend on HIEs for success. However, despite its potential there is limited and suboptimal evidence on HIE. In this talk, Dr. Rahurkar will discuss an ongoing evaluation of a large HIE over a period of 7 years in the context of patient centered outcomes. He will present preliminary findings from the evaluation which describe changes in trends of HIE use over a 7-year period in Indiana. In the HIE space, he will next describe a Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) intervention currently in progress which improves access to HIE and the econometric approach used to evaluate the effects in order to generate high-quality evidence.

About Saurabh Rahurkar

Dr. Saurabh Rahurkar is a Junior Research Scientist in the Center for Biomedical Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute. Additionally, he also has a clinical background with training in general dentistry from India. His research interests are in health information exchange (HIE) and broadly in health information technology (HIT) as it pertains to improving healthcare outcomes as well as delivery of care. His interdisciplinary work seeks to merge methods and approaches from health services research with those from his health informatics training in order to generate high-quality evidence on effects of HIT in clinical care. Moreover, he focuses on using big data generated by health information systems for organizational and patient centered outcomes research.