Defining and supporting the diverse information needs of community-based care using the web and hand-held devices.
Community-based healthcare focused on maintaining wellness is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States in an effort to eliminate healthcare disparities and reduce healthcare costs. These community-oriented initiatives, however, often require partnerships that cross traditional boundaries. As a result, these initiatives often lack a common information infrastructure to support the care delivery process. We have created and implemented a Web-based information and communication system to support the needs of a community-based healthcare project for Medicaid beneficiaries in Durham County, North Carolina. Through this project, we have identified the relevant information requirements and stakeholders for community-based care. In addition, we have explored the use of hand-held devices for accessing and collecting clinical information in the field. The overall goal of this project is to lower the costs and improve the quality of community-based healthcare through improved handling of information.
Lobach, DF; Low, R; Arbanas, JA; Rabold, JS; Tatum, JL; Epstein, SD
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