As healthcare systems attempt to keep pace with the transformation of the digital age, lapses in data collection create additional challenges for patients and providers in California. Erica Galvez, CEO of Manifest MedEx—California’s largest nonprofit health information organization—highlighted the need for providers to access ADT (admission, discharge, and transfer) data regarding patients.
Galvez wove her way into the healthcare field through a 2005 research study that was focused on culturally competent care. From there, she dove further into patient safety and healthcare equity research, during a time when the use of electronic health records (EHRs) was fairly recent. For the last six years, Galvez has been at Manifest MedEx.
ADTs are not entire medical records, but rather a snapshot relaying the time, date, and location of a patient’s admission, discharge, or transfer. Each time a new message, or ADT, is generated, the providers caring for that patient can learn more about their healthcare concerns in real time. The only catch is: for providers to receive ADTs, they must be connected to an electronic health information exchange (HIE) network that can relay notifications from a broad network of connected hospitals and other HIEs, or through other platforms and EHRs by contracting with individual hospitals. But, to make sure providers are getting ADTs from all hospitals in the area they serve, they must be connected to a larger network.
Read the full interview with Erica Galvez, Chief Executive Officer, Manifest MedEx, published in State of Reform.