Accession Number : ADA266922


Title :   Federal Health Care. Increased Information System Sharing Could Improve Service, Reduce Costs


Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY DIV


Personal Author(s) : Franklin, William S ; Hoy, Jerilynn B ; Sachs, Ira S ; Hamilton, James B ; Riley, John A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a266922.pdf


Report Date : Jun 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 42


Abstract : Sharing among VA's Decentralized Hospital Computer Program (DHCP), DOD's Composite Health Care System (CHCS), and IH's Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) offers many potential benefits, including improved service to patients,reduced costs, and better use of health care facilities. However, despite these benefits, such sharing is limited. Health-related information that is shared between the agencies is paper-based; electronic exchange of information does not exist, and intra-agency exchange is limited. Some software sharing does occur between VA and IHS for selected functions, and a few VA/DOD sites share computer systems. There are three factors that facilitate sharing: the agencies perform a common function- delivering medical care; they have a general desire to improve health care services within constrained resources; and their health information systems have a similar technical structure.


Descriptors :   *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , *INFORMATION EXCHANGE , *HEALTH CARE FACILITIES , MEDICAL SERVICES , MEDICAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE