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Single Sign On Case Study

11-Nov-2016

Single Sign On speeds up access to outside patient health records

by Dorothea Howe, M.Ed., M.A..

It’s not unusual for a patient to not fully comprehend or remember exact medical procedures and medications, especially when they’re complex.

Dr. Jay Wallin, Chief Clinical Information Officer at Central Ohio’s Mount Carmel East, posits a use case for why Single Sign On (SSO) to patient records is not only more convenient and faster than logging into separate portals, but offers diagnostic benefits of easy access to patient health records from other health systems, hospitals and facilities.

Patient doesn’t know history

Here’s a scenario: A patient presents at the Emergency Department at Mount Carmel East complaining of chest pain and tells the physician that he was at Fairfield Medical Center a week ago and had something done to his heart, Dr. Wallin explains. When the doctor asks about medications, the patient replies, “I’m taking a blue pill and a white pill.” Looking at Mount Carmel’s records on this patient, the physician doesn’t see anything about heart surgery.

“I’m not sure why he’s in my ER. I’m in a pickle,” Dr. Wallin quips. But Dr. Wallin can go directly into his drop-down menu for outside sources, click on Ohio Data Exchange, and find out what occurred at Fairfield last week. The patient has had a cardiac catheterization; the blue pill is Plavix and the white is Lisinopril. Now, the physician knows how to proceed.

Shared medical records speed up diagnosis

“From the clinician’s perspective, the record may look a little different but I’m still within my EHR,” Dr. Wallin says. “It’s magic,” he says with a laugh. He’s describing access to the patient’s Community Health Record, which contains test results, care summaries and other information from encounters at different hospitals and facilities within the CliniSync network. “If I don’t feel the need for outside information, I’m not going to go into the Community Health Record. I use it with clinical judgment,” Dr. Wallin says.

But when the Community Health Record contains pertinent information, it can lead to faster diagnosis and treatment, Wallin says.

“This has everything to do with something that happened outside of my institution, and I’m going to clinically use it and bring it forward,” he says. “I could make a more accurate diagnosis. Let’s say you had an MRI at Fairfield and it was negative for something. Well, I could cut out that diagnostic step. I could proceed to treatment faster.”

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Smooth Transitions of Care Through CliniSync

15-Aug-2016

by Dottie Howe, M.Ed., M.A.

Doctors and nurses caring for patients who leave the hospital and transfer to a nursing home, assisted living facility, or some other care setting can now have immediate, electronic access to that patient’s discharge information. That translates into better and more efficient care for patients.

About 400 long-term care, rehabilitation and home health facilities in Ohio have signed up to join the CliniSync statewide health information exchange (HIE). That’s on top of the 148 hospitals and thousands of physicians already contracted or live.

Read how these facilities are now part of the electronic exchange of patient health information.

 

 

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Time isn't just money; it can improve patients' lives

06-Jan-2016

At Cardiovascular Medical Associates in Cleveland, Ohio, quick delivery of test results and reports not only makes it easier for staff to streamline workflow and save time, this service from the CliniSync Health Information Exchange can even save lives.

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Time isn't just money; it can improve patients' lives
Building a connected healthcare community: One practice at a time

10-Dec-2015

Sandra Schubert, M.D., of Superior Med in Cambridge believes the electronic transmission of health information helps her keep right on top of her patients’ care when and where they need it. That’s because the information comes to her when and where she needs it.

Even when a patient ends up in the hospital without her knowledge.

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Building a connected healthcare community: One practice at a time

 

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