U.S. healthcare reform legislation is leading to a “new normal” in healthcare. The emergence of EHRs (electronic health records), HIEs (health information exchanges) and ACOs (accountable care organizations) emphasizes the importance of care coordination across a patient population by facilitating access to patient data across multiple healthcare providers and facilities.
When Hurricane Sandy struck the northeast U.S. in the fall of 2012, it entered the record books as the second most expensive hurricane in recorded U.S. history, causing more than $50 billion in damages by preliminary estimates. Long Island’s Suffolk and Nassau counties suffered significant impacts from the storm. According to FEMA, storm and tidal surges in the two counties flooded, damaged or destroyed an estimated 95,500 structures, including 44 power and electrical generation facilities, 28 fire stations, 26 schools, three police stations and a major medical center.