MEDFORD, Ore. — Oregon hospitals are cracking down on emergency room visits. A new web-based system is making it where doctors can view your medical history with a click of a button. Providence is the first hospital in the Rogue Valley to launch the system. It is called the Emergency Department Information Exchange, also referred to as EDIE.
The system works by tracking the number of emergency room visits a person makes every year. When a person signs into the ER a notification is sent to EDIE, and EDIE sends it through the hospital’s electronic records database.
At Providence Medical Center, a person is limited to five ER visits a year. If someone has more than that, the system will flag that person and a message will be sent to their doctor alerting them about the frequency.
“I don’t have to go to another place, I don’t have to go to another computer, I don’t have to sign up on a different website, this information is pushed directly to me,” said Dr. Cory Bergey D.O., Emergency Director at Providence Medical Center.
According to Bergey, people who visit the ER frequently typically are more likely to have a drug addiction or drug abuse problems. In the past, there was no way to track a person’s ER visits from hospital to hospital. Therefore, it was easy for people to doctor hop, or see different doctors at different places for the same medical reason without anyone knowing. This new system will connect all hospitals across Oregon and Washington, making doctor hopping impossible.
EDIE is in all but one hospital in Washington, and 33 percent of hospitals in Oregon already have it going live. Oregon hopes to have EDIE installed in all Oregon hospitals by the end of September.