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“Nearly 1 in 5 waitlisted patients in Hawaii have infectious diseases, study shows”

  • January 15, 2018

By: Star-Advertiser Staff
Honolulu Star Advertiser

Nearly one in five waitlisted patients who remain hospitalized in Hawaii after the need for acute care ends suffers from an infectious disease, a new report shows.

The report by Hawaii Health Information Corp., which analyzes statewide health care data, found the most common disease among waitlisted patients was septicemia—a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure or death, which costs hospitals $4.7 million annually.

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“1 out of 14 isle hospital patients await care home”

  • January 15, 2018

By: Kristen Consillio
Honolulu Star Advertiser

About 7 percent of the patients in Hawaii hospitals at any given time do not need to be there but are waiting for space to open up in a long-term care facility, according to data being released Thursday by the Hawaii Health Information Corp.

Between 6.9 and 7.8 percent of hospital patients statewide were waitlisted, or remained in the hospital after the need for acute care ends, from 2006 to 2011.

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“Outreach to homeless needed to cut ER costs”

  • September 11, 2016

The casualty count in Hawaii’s homelessness crisis continues to climb, and so do the costs.

Health care costs are among the biggest strains, the fraying social safety net is unable to withstand.

In Large part, the brunt is being borne by the private hospitals, but those costs are passed through to everyone in the form of higher bills and taxpayer assistance periodically sought to cover unreimbursed expenses.

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“Cost of homeless care increases”

  • September 7, 2016

Alexander Akuna was living on Nanakuli beach in 2009 when his heart and kidneys began to fail.

The 57-year-old was in and out of the Queen’s Medical Center over the
next year for multiple chronic diseases brought on by drug use, poor
nutrition and living in harsh conditions.

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College of Pharmacy awarded $14.3 million to develop system to save health care costs

  • June 15, 2012

Hawaii Health Information Corporation (HHIC) partners with University of Hawaii-Hilo College of Pharmacy to support the federally funded $14.3 Million healthcare innovation project Pharm2Pharm. Designed to reduce medication related hospitalizations and ER visits, HHIC supports the project with key analytics measuring both quality improvement while saving cost.


Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

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