Now with EDIE, RiverBend, for example, receives an alert if a patient registering in its emergency department has visited more than three times in the past 60 days, or visited any emergency departments on the EDIE system more than four times in the past 60 days, said Tim Herrmann, PeaceHealth Oregon West Network vice president for patient care services.
PeaceHealth's four local hospitals - RiverBend, University District, Cottage Grove Community Hospital and Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence - began implementing the EDIE system this month.
With EDIE, the emergency room doctor has more knowledge about the patient, said Keene, the company spokeswoman.
The beauty of EDIE is, since we have these feeds set up with all of the hospitals in a region, we can notify hospitals of their patients' utilization regardless of whether it's at that individual hospital, or if they've been at 15 other hospitals," Keene said.
That has been the experience of Washington hospitals, which have been using EDIE for the past two years.
Collective Medical Technologies claims that patients enrolled in EDIE on average have a sustained 60 percent reduction in emergency department visits in the first year of enrollment.
As part of health care reform, which seeks to improve health and reduce costs through better coordination of medical services, EDIE "makes total sense," Herrmann said.
Since June 30, Iverson said she has received about 50 EDIE alerts - in some cases, multiple alerts for the same patient.
PeaceHealth's Herrmann said it cost about $14,000 to get its four local hospitals on the EDIE system.
Collective Medical Technologies offers technology that can bring others onto the EDIE system, so a primary care doctor or health insurance plan, for example, could receive an EDIE alert when patients/members visit an emergency department on the EDIE network.