Fax machines are hurting healthcare.
iHealth Exchange estimates that doctors still fax most of their referrals, which can cost the average practice nearly $50,000 per year in operational and personnel costs. Medical practices and hospitals in the iHealth Exchange network are rededicating those resources by relying on tibbr, private social networking, to electronically manage the referral process between providers, while taking into account healthcare industry’s stringent exchange laws and regulations.
iHealth Exchange’s new solution provides electronic workflow following patients from point to point, and enabling over 12,000 physicians to collaborate more effectively on patient care. Physicians can also access this solution from the tibbr mobile app and continue to exchange information as needed, throughout the day.
“In my 20-year career, one of the biggest challenges I have seen in the healthcare industry is the exchange of information between providers. Using tibbr, we have been able to replace the obsolete paper and fax machine workflow with an electronic system that lets providers communicate in real time,” said iHealth Exchange CEO Chris Stephens. “Patients today expect better care and service from their doctors’ offices and hospitals, and enterprise social tools give providers a new platform to deliver modern care.”
iHealth Exchange’s tibbr platform was also recently recognized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), as the winner of their Reporting Patient Safety Events Challenge. This developer contest is part of ONC’s Investing in Innovation Initiative, which holds competitions to accelerate development and adoption of technology solutions that enhance quality and outcomes.