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Vermont Taps PatientPing for Information Sharing Among In-State Providers

April 12, 2016
by Heather Landi
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As part of Vermont’s State Health Care Innovation Project, state officials announced the adoption of PatientPing, an information sharing technology system, across in-state providers to support data exchange between healthcare providers, with the aim of better coordinating health care delivery.

State health officials, healthcare industry representatives and PatientPing founder and CEO Jay Desai announced the state-sponsored use of the company’s health information technology platform Tuesday at the Vermont Blueprint for Health 2016 event in Burlington.

"Our state has come together in this partnership to launch a progressive initiative dedicated to improving the way Vermonters receive care," Lawrence Miller, senior advisor, Chief of Health Care Reform at the Office of the Governor, State of Vermont, said in a statement.

Upon joining PatientPing, providers receive real-time notifications, “pings,” whenever their patients receive care at any facility that is part of the national PatientPing community. At the facility where patients are getting care, providers receive care instructions that include contact information for others on the patient's care team, as well as patient visit histories. The program is supported by hospital admission, discharge, and transfer data from Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL), which manages the state's health information exchange.

According to Desai, the average elderly patient sees seven different care providers per year, and those with chronic conditions can see more than 25. “When providers ping each other as their patients travel through the health care continuum—emergency room to hospital to rehab to home care— it's a radically simple way to stitch together disparate providers onto one team.”

Google Ventures-backed health technology startup PatientPing, which is based in Boston, has a nationwide community that includes more than 12,000 providers and has a presence in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania and now Vermont. PatientPing recently received $9.6 million in funding from Google Ventures, F-Prime Capital, with participation from First Round Capital and SV Angel.

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