Recent advances in policy by different care providers are being made to prevent people from being readmitted to hospitals. Readmittance can be very expensive for patients, and often draining on the resources of hospitals and other medical practices. One of the most interesting statistics to come out of recent pushes have been what companies can do to get patients to enroll in care transition programs. Most of those who enroll in these programs don't wind up being readmitted for illnesses to their hospitals, saving themselves and their doctors a lot of time. 

The specific place that this happened was the  Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center's five-year Community-Based Care Transition program. The demonstration program launched in 2012 and is designed to help agencies build patient skills in self-care. Not every group that has designed up with this has done well, but those that have succeeded have succeeded very admirable. The main problem here is that some of the goals have been made a little unrealistically high, and that there are parts of the state where some of its objectives are unreasonable. What these organizations need is better data collection so that they can fine-tune their results.

Electronic health records as a way to supercharge patient care
The thing that these organizations have left out of the picture is high-quality information. By using top notch medical billing and coding programs, care providers can hit results they need with pinpoint accuracy. The issue that many have with health care is not that it is impossible to treat individual people. It's that initiatives and focusing on community health is often difficult due to the relatively lack of information that most organizations have regarding it. It is simply too hard to get a clear picture of what is actually going on in a larger community without strong data collection tools like EHRs.

For hospitals and care providers that want to tailor their goals to the community, EHRs are a great solutions. They offer a couple of strong support systems: enable automatic data collection from patients, make it easier for doctors to communicate with other specialists working with a given client, and allow for easier collection of community data. By working with EHRs and tech personnel to provide the clearest, most directly effective treatments possible, doctors and nurses can provide for themselves and for their patients.