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COMPETING NORTHEAST OHIO HOSPITALS BAND TOGETHER TO SHARE PATIENT INFORMATION
30-Nov-2011

Middleburg Heights, OH – The future of health information and improved patient outcomes lies in the ability of hospitals and physicians to have quick access to patient information in order to provide the best possible care.

Leaders from the Community Health Collaborative, LLC (CHC), and the Ohio Health Information Partnership (The Partnership) signed an agreement Tuesday, Nov. 29, to participate in CliniSync, Ohio’s statewide health information exchange created by The Partnership.

Hospitals and other healthcare providers connected to CliniSync will have secure access to their patients’ clinical results in real time. This will enhance the continuum of care as providers electronically share critical health information to facilitate optimum care and treatment for their patients.

The hospitals participating in the CHC (Southwest General, Parma Community General Hospital, and EMH Healthcare) are the first collaboration of independent hospitals to join the CliniSync health information exchange from Northeast Ohio. Hospitals that are part of the Sisters of Charity Health System also signed an agreement to join the health information exchange as well as a consortium of hospitals in west central Ohio in the Lima area.

"If a patient is traveling anywhere in the state of Ohio and is in need of health care and the hospital is connected to this exchange, patients will be able to receive improved treatment by having their medical information electronically available to other providers," said Thomas A. Selden, president and CEO of Southwest General, and chair of the CHC technology subcommittee. "The electronic flow of medical information can make a difference in how a patient is treated, and in the outcome of that treatment."

Chief Executive Officer of The Partnership, Dan Paoletti, said the focus of health information technology, and the new CliniSync exchange, is to get updated and current information right into the hands healthcare professionals who are caring for an individual.

“This patient information can be critical,” Paoletti said. “With the signing of this agreement, we see how community hospitals are making the decision to work with one another as a team and coordinating care for a patient.”

For instance, doctors and other healthcare professionals will have immediate access to information such as test and lab results. Eventually, the network will allow the sharing of a patient’s medical history and medication lists.

“This exchange of information among hospitals, providers, labs, physicians and others involved in a patient’s care will ultimately transform health care in Ohio,” Selden said.

About EMH Healthcare
EMH Healthcare’s mission is to improve the health of our community through safe, high-quality and cost-effective care. To fulfill this mission, EMH Elyria Medical Center, EMH Amherst Campus, the EMH Center for Health & Fitness in Avon, and a multi-disciplinary medical staff provide services to meet the needs of the community. EMH Elyria Medical Center was founded in 1908 as a community hospital and is committed to providing expert care and exceptional caring to all. For more information, visit www.emh-healthcare.org.
About Parma Community General Hospital

In 2011, Parma Hospital celebrates its 50th year of providing excellent, personalized care. The Hospital was founded by the six communities of Parma, Parma Heights, North Royalton, Seven Hills, Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights to meet a growing demand for hospital beds in the rapidly growing southwestern suburbs of Cleveland. Parma Hospital now has a medical staff of 500 members in more than 30 specialties, as well as 2,000 employees and 400 volunteers. The Hospital has been recognized as one of the 20 Best Community Hospitals in the country and has received national acclaim for its orthopedics quality, its cardiovascular outcomes and patient safety. The Joint Commission has accredited the Hospital’s Stroke Center and its Joint Camp orthopedic program. Outpatient facilities are located in Broadview Heights, North Royalton and Brooklyn. Find more about how treating you better begins with knowing you better at www.parmahospital.org.

About Southwest General
Recognized as one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® for six consecutive years, Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 358-bed acute care facility located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art technology. In addition to the Main Campus in Middleburg Heights, three ambulatory centers in Brook Park, Strongsville and Brunswick provide Urgicare and a wide array of outpatient services as well as primary and specialty care physician practices. In Brunswick, Southwest General provided the first full service emergency room to patients in Medina County. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities it serves. For news highlights, events and additional information, visit www.swgeneral.com or www.facebook.com/SWGeneral.

About the Ohio Health Information Partnership
The Ohio Health Information Partnership is a nonprofit, state-designated entity responsible for establishing regional extension centers to assist physicians and hospitals with information technology and for creating the infrastructure for a health information exchange in the state.