Interoperable Referrals Use Case
The intent of this Use Case pilot is to develop and standardize taxonomies for community benefit organizations (CBO) serving the social needs of their area and the behavioral and healthcare communities’ referral information.
About this Use Case
The coordination of care across the healthcare continuum can be very challenging and can have a negative impact on healthcare costs as well as patient care if referrals are not received or coordinated in an efficient and timely manner. In today’s environment, making referrals for coordination of care is often managed within an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system, through a tedious and inefficient manual process or by siloed and proprietary vendor-based electronic referral systems. EMRs and electronic referral systems have improved the quantity, tracking and quality of a referral, however, they don’t share across technologies well. This is a barrier and a cost to care coordination. Various coalitions and groups have identified and begun work on this issue, Gravity and Open Referral among them.