Let The Left Hand Know What The Right Is Doing: A Vision For Care Coordination And Electronic Health Records

Robert S Rudin and David W Bates | Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) | June 19, 2013


Despite the potential for electronic health records to help providers coordinate care, the current marketplace has failed to provide adequate solutions. Using a simple framework, we describe a vision of information technology capabilities that could substantially improve four care coordination activities: identifying collaborators, contacting collaborators, collaborating, and monitoring. Collaborators can include any individual clinician, caregiver, or provider organization involved in care for a given patient. This vision can be used to guide the development of care coordination tools and help policymakers track and promote their adoption.