The Tiger Institute is working with health care organizations to positively impact the health of their communities and beyond. We strive to provide access to new health innovations, leverage the most advanced health information technology, and provide opportunities for collaboration across organizations.

Better communication for better health

For years, individuals and healthcare providers have been frustrated by health information locked in paper records and EMRs. While these records support the needs of a single organization, they don’t meet the needs of typical individuals that receive care from multiple providers.

Some sobering statistics*:

  • Older Americans with five or more chronic conditions average 37 doctor visits with 14 different doctors and must manage 50 prescription drugs each year.
  • A primary care physician who cares for Medicare patients must coordinate with an average of 229 physicians working in 117 separate practices.

Caregivers have been disadvantaged by this situation, often forced to provide care for patients without a complete view of their health history. Health care consumers and providers deserve better.

A shared vision for Missouri

The Tiger Institute for Health Innovation is committed to providing the highest levels of coordinated care for individuals as they see health providers throughout their community. Through the Tiger Institute Health Alliance health information exchange, we are creating a safer environment for individuals by integrating health information currently confined to paper records and EMRs throughout the region. With the help of Health Alliance members and partners we strive to improve the efficiency and quality of health care in Missouri.

Sources:

Berenson, R. & Horvath, J. (2002). The Clinical Characteristics of Medicare Beneficiaries and Implications for Medicare Reform. Prepared for: The Center for Medicare Advocacy Conference on Medicare Coordinated Care, Washington, DC. Retrieved September 24, 2009, from http://www.partnershipforsolutions.org/DMS/files/Medicare_fact_sheet.pdf

Medicare PCP Coordination of Care statistic. Pham, H., O’Malley, A., Bach, P., Saiontz-Martinez, C., & Schrag, D. (2009). Primary care physicians’ links to other physicians through Medicare patients: The scope of care coordination. Annals of Internal Medicine, 150(4): 236-242.