Adoption of health information exchange among disparate provider organizations in Western Colorado resulted in reducing the number of laboratory tests done, but did not significantly cut the amount or costs of radiology tests, a newly published study concludes.

The study, published in the June Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association focused on Mesa County with the major city being Grand Junction. The study used commercial, Medicaid and Medicare claims data from Rocky Mountain Health Plans from the second quarter of 2005 to the fourth quarter of 2010. While adoption of HIE was very limited during that period across much of the nation, Mesa stakeholders formed the Quality Health Network HIE in 2005 and provider participation hit 46 percent by the end of 2010.

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