Boulder Medical Center Connects to Statewide HIE | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Boulder Medical Center Connects to Statewide HIE

August 8, 2014
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints

More than 70 providers at the Colorado-based Boulder Medical Center, a multi-specialty group that also operates an urgent care clinic, are now using health information exchange (HIE), in addition to an advanced electronic medical record (EMR) system, to coordinate care for more than 200,000 annual patient visits.

Through the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization’s (CORHIO) secure electronic network, Boulder Medical Center doctors are now receiving laboratory results from hospitals and labs around the state without having to wait for faxes or other paper-based methods of communication. This is reducing patient wait times, helping doctors make faster and more accurate clinical decisions, and saving staff time previously spent tracking down patients’ medical records, according to CORHIO officials.
 
All three office locations of Boulder Medical Center have connected with the HIE facilitated by CORHIO, including two locations in Boulder and a third in Louisville on the Avista Adventist Hospital campus.
 
Patients, who might be students or travelers new to the area, sometimes don’t have a history with Boulder Medical Center or nearby Boulder Community and Avista Adventist hospitals. So the doctors don’t know if patients might have a medication allergy, for example. “When a patient shows up at our urgent care and they don’t have a history with us, it’s best for their care if their health history is in a central place,” David Glow, EMR project manager at Boulder, said in a statement.
 
“With Boulder Medical Center joining the CORHIO network, approximately half of practicing physicians in Boulder County are now participating in HIE,” added Morgan Honea, executive director of CORHIO. “All four hospitals in the area are also participating. This makes Boulder County one of the most technologically advanced communities in the entire country when it comes to healthcare information systems.”
Topics

News

NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Partner on Telemedicine Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring expanded access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare through new telemedicine services, the two organizations announced this week.

ONC Releases Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed a framework to help health systems, large practices, health information exchanges and payers to improve their patient demographic data quality.

AMIA, Pew Urge Congress to Ensure ONC has Funding to Implement Cures Provisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) have sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging them to ensure that ONC has adequate funding to implement certain 21st Century Cures Act provisions.

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.

Survey: 70% of Providers Using Off-Premises Computing for Some Applications

A survey conducted by KLAS Research found that 70 percent of healthcare organizations have moved at least some applications or IT infrastructure off-premises.