Electronic health records: Optimizing communication to support the nonverbal medical patient with developmental disabilities

Neil Calman, Virna Little, Salvatore Garozzo

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Abstract

Background: A comprehensive look at health status in developmentally disabled populations shows poorer physical, oral, and vision health, and higher rates of heart disease and obesity. Generally, individuals with developmental disabilities have difficulty locating able providers, and face significant barriers in accessing health services. The health care system’s failure to achieve effective collaboration between medical, mental health, and residential providers too often results in substandard care and poor outcomes for these populations. Methods: A creative partnership between two organizations in rural upstate New York, Ulster Green ARC and the Institute for Family Health, has made substantial inroads toward addressing this problem. The organizations have transformed a relationship borne of a financially failing health care model into a successful, comprehensive care network for a severely developmentally disabled populationbased in a Federally Qualified Health Center. Conclusions: The success of this effort is largely owing to an innovative use of health information technology to share information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-594
Number of pages4
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Access
  • Community health partnerships
  • Delivery of health care
  • Evaluation
  • Health outcomes
  • Integrated
  • Mental health services
  • Quality of health care
  • Vulnerable populations

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