The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) has announced that HealthONE, an eight-hospital system in the Denver area, has successfully connected to its health information exchange (HIE) network.
Combined, the eight hospitals accounted for more than 1.2 million patient encounters in the last year. The health system will join 47 hospitals and more than 2,100 physician providers in the ability to conduct secure health information exchange. With the addition of the HealthONE hospitals, 21 of the metro area’s 23 acute care hospitals are now actively exchanging patient information on CORHIO’s protected HIE network.
The CORHIO HIE—one of the fastest growing in the U.S.—gives physicians and other community-based healthcare providers access to important health information about their patients including hospital discharge notifications, lab test results, X-rays, MRIs and other imaging reports, physician transcription reports, and referral information.
By connecting HealthONE’s electronic medical record (EMR) system with the CORHIO HIE, HealthONE is expanding its capability to more quickly and efficiently coordinate the care of patients with community providers throughout Colorado. When a patient is hospitalized at a HealthONE hospital, important health information is electronically recorded and then automatically routed to the patient’s care providers on the CORHIO network. This immediate communication helps the patient’s care team better track his or her medical needs, which can prevent repeat hospitalizations and expensive, redundant testing, according to CORHIO officials.
“We are pleased that our eight hospitals are now part of the CORHIO network,” said Sylvia Young, president of the HealthONE system of hospitals, said in a statement. “The health information exchange has a robust membership and it will help the providers in the network share patient information quickly and accurately. That will benefit patients as well as hospitals and physicians.”