Ohio HIE connects 100 plus hospitals
September 9, 2013 in Medical Technology
Ohio’s CliniSync Health Information Exchange today announced the signing of 25-bed Harrison Community Hospital in Cadiz as well as 91-bed Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, bringing the number of Ohio hospitals in the CliniSync statewide health information exchange to 101.
CliniSync makes it possible for hospitals, physicians, nurses and others who care for a patient to electronically share patient health information with one another. CliniSync is run by the nonprofit Ohio Health Information Partnership and is powered by Medicity, a provider of HIE technology. CliniSync is on a trajectory to become one of the largest public HIEs in the nation in 2014.
CliniSync allows facilities and practices with different electronic health record systems to directly communicate with one another. Previously, some physicians and hospitals could already electronically share patient information regionally or within their own systems, but the CliniSync exchange is statewide, crossing over the boundaries of hospital walls and health systems.
“While we’re excited by our rapid progress and the collaboration of Ohio’s hospitals and medical community, we’re even more enthusiastic about what this exchange means for the care of Ohio’s patients,” Dan Paoletti, CEO of the Ohio Health Information Partnership, said in a news statement. “When physicians and clinicians can electronically talk with one another – no matter where their patient is treated – the potential for improved care, faster and more effective treatment, and better coordination among treating physicians and facilities can occur.”
“CliniSync is making great strides in creating a connected health network in Ohio,” Medicity CEO Nancy Ham said in a news release. “Ready access to patient health information not only reduces the paperwork burden for physicians and patients, it can help improve health care decisions and outcomes. We are excited to be part of this work in Ohio.”
The Partnership selected Medicity as its technology partner in April 2011. CliniSync initially received $14.9 million in federal grants from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
[See also: Ohio HIE finds its stride.]
In Ohio, the CliniSync HIE covers 77 out of Ohio’s 88 counties with a potential network of 142 hospitals while HealthBridge, a Cincinnati-based regional HIE, connects the remaining southwestern Ohio counties and crosses over into Kentucky and Indiana, connecting 30 hospitals and 7,500 physicians. CliniSync and HealthBridge now share federal Direct protocols with one another so that physicians can communicate across the HIEs.