Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) reported significant deficiencies in the completeness, timeliness, and usability of patient data sharing from hospitals to SNFs, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. This negatively impacts transitions of care.
SNFs serve patients that often have high-risk or complex chronic conditions and care needs, resulting in frequent transitions between home, acute, post-acute, and long-term care settings. Thus, these transitions require care coordination between providers— a collaboration that becomes easier with efficient EHR use, health data exchange, and interoperability.
However, the current state of patient data sharing is relatively unknown even though there’s been over a decade of investment in health IT infrastructure and new incentives to promote coordination between hospitals and SNFs.