Community Information Integration/Central Patient Attachment Registry
Continuity of care is about improving Albertan’s health through stronger ongoing relationships with their family physician/nurse practitioner (FP/NP) and team, increased information sharing, and enhanced care coordination.
When Albertans have a continuous, trusting relationship with a family physician/nurse practitioner and team, benefits can include:
- Increased access to appropriate care when it’s needed
- Better health
- Better quality of care
- Improved care coordination
- Improved sharing of their information between care providers
- Increased patient satisfaction
- Community Information Integration (CII) and Central Patient Attachment Registry (CPAR) technologies are enablers of continuity.
What is CII/CPAR?
CII/CPAR is the chosen vehicle to integrate community EMRs with two-way data flow.
Community Information Integration (CII) is a system that transfers select patient information between community Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and other members of the patient’s care team through Alberta Netcare. The Central Patient Attachment Registry (CPAR) is a provincial system that captures the confirmed relationship of a primary provider and their paneled patients. Together CII/CPAR will enable the health system integration and improved continuity of care that are essential and foundational change elements in the implementation of the Patient’s Medical Home.
- Enables sharing of important healthcare information between the patient’s family physician and other providers in the patient’s circle of care
- Facilitates sharing of consultation reports back to the patient’s family physician and other providers
- Identifies relationships between patients and their primary provider
- Allows for family physicians to identify and coordinate when patients are on multiple panels and therefore, will enable validated patient-family physicians information to be available on Alberta Netcare Portal
- Supports notification of primary providers when their patient has a hospitalization or ER visit (coming in 2019)
CII/CPAR is an important technical enabler to improved patient care because it will assist clinics in identifying patients where continuity of care may be sub-optimized. Knowing that a patient is paneled to another provider provides an opportunity to confirm roles and responsibilities in care provision. For PCNs and clinics already investing in panel management, CII/CPAR is the next logical step to promote a coordinated care management approach to service delivery and achieve better patient, provider and system outcomes.
Benefits of CII/CPAR
Better Quality of Care:
- Meets patient expectations to have their information readily available to all providers in their circle of care
- More coordinated and consistent care
- Smoother transitions of care
- Less story telling
- Less duplication of care
- Better outcomes
- Less time in hospitals
- Increased patient safety
- Increased satisfaction
- Clearer picture of the primary provider’s panel
- Avoid duplication and unnecessary work
- Ability to deliver better care
- Higher clinic team satisfaction
- Healthcare information available where and when it’s needed
- Information flows automatically
- Avoidance of care gaps and duplication
- Enables smoother transitions of care
- Facilitates planning and delivery of more intensive interventions such as proactive panel-based care in the form of disease management and care planning
- Patient health care record more complete
HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
More Efficient Care:
- Lower healthcare costs
- Less utilization
- Secondary use supports health system planning
- More informed program planning
Tools & Resources
- When patients have a longitudinal relationship with a single family physician, results are better access, better quality of care and a reduced overall health care system utilization and costs.
- When providers have knowledge of patients comprehensive medical information it results in better handoffs, better communication and less duplication of care.
Panel & EMR support
For more information about CII/CPAR please contact Chris Diamant.