90% of Ohio Hospitals Share Patient Health Data Electronically

May 21, 2014 in News

The majority of Ohio residents’ personal health information is being electronically transmitted through some sort of data exchange framework, including the state’s health information exchange, according to a new issue brief by the Center for Health Affairs, EHR Intelligence reports (Bresnick, EHR Intelligence, 5/19).

The May issue brief highlights successful examples in which investment from the private and public sectors has bolstered the use of health IT in the U.S, including Ohio’s HIE — called CliniSync (Center for Health Affairs release, 5/9).

About the HIE

CliniSync integrates health care providers and agencies across the state into a widely interoperable network. Participants include:

  • Behavioral health providers;
  • Commercial labs;
  • Hospitals;
  • Long-term care facilities;
  • Physicians; and
  • Public health agencies.

Currently, the system is able to exchange:

  • Allergy lists;
  • Care plans;
  • Care summaries;
  • Lab and pathology data;
  • Radiology reports;
  • Referral information; and
  • Progress notes. 

The system is working to incorporate hospital admission and discharge data.

Details of Brief

According to the brief, 90% of Ohio’s hospitals and more than 1,000 physicians are participating in some form of electronic data exchange. In all, the health data of 87% of Ohio residents are included in a data exchange.

The brief notes, “Federal investments in developing an electronic infrastructure for storing and sharing health records seem to be paying off.” It adds, “In many ways Ohio’s health information exchange is a micro version of what the country hopes to achieve; wherein health records follow the patient regardless of their geographic location.”

The brief also highlights the importance of health information exchange as providers and hospitals begin to near the deadline to comply with Stage 2 of the meaningful use program.

Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments (EHR Intelligence, 5/19).

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