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Columbus – Premier Health Partners and Kettering Health Network are taking significant steps into the future of patient care in Ohio by joining CliniSync – Ohio’s statewide health information exchange.

Dan Paoletti, chief executive officer of the Ohio Health Information Partnership, says the movement to connect providers will help transform health care in Ohio and he is particularly excited that the Dayton region has joined the initiative.

“Both Premier and Kettering are leaders in health care and in healthcare technology,” says Paoletti. “They represent how the medical community and hospitals can share electronic health records to help doctors coordinate care for an individual patient. We see the Daytonregion as a model leader for other large cities – they’ve jumped out in front and are leading the way.”

CliniSync staff members at The Partnership said plans have started for both Premier Health Partners and Kettering Health Network to connect electronically to other Ohio physicians, hospitals, labs and healthcare entities. To date, 57 hospitals have joined CliniSync and two are “live” in western Ohio – St. Rita’s Hospital in Lima and Van Wert County Hospital.

“The Kettering Health System is joining CliniSync to facilitate the flow of electronic patient information between hospitals and physicians throughout our local area and the state,” says Jon Russell, chief information officer at Kettering.

The Kettering Health Network has more than 60 facilities, including a behavioral health hospital for adults and adolescents and Kettering College. The system has more than 1,200 physicians. Kettering and Sycamore are recognized as two of the 2012 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals.

Premier Health Partners is nearing completion of the implementation stage with CliniSync. Premier operates four hospitals that will connect to CliniSync: Miami Valley Hospital, GoodSamaritan Hospital, Atrium Medical Center and Upper Valley Medical Center. In addition, the health system offers a large primary and specialty care network, along with home health services. With more than 14,000 employees and 2,300 physicians, the health system is the second largest employer in the region and is the largest healthcare system in Southwest Ohio.

“We are excited to launch Clinisync as it helps complete our ongoing health information exchange activities that began back in May 2010,” says Mikki Clancy, system vice president and chief information officer for Premier Health Partners. “Being able to securely share information with those clinical providers who can use the information to comprehensively provide care is foundational to improving the health of the communities we serve.”

The electronic exchange of a patient’s lab results or tests reduces faxing, phone calls and other lags in care that occur because it takes so much time to communicate that information. In addition, patients will not have to go through duplicate tests and procedures already conducted by another physician, saving time and money.

And finally, patients with several doctors will now receive coordinated care because the health information network ultimately will allow physicians, hospitals, urgent care centers, clinics, labs and other healthcare entities to share information about a patient. This will eventually include patients who are in long-term care facilities.

The Partnership also has signed up 6,483 Ohio physicians and healthcare professionals for the switch from paper records to electronic health records or to upgrade their existing systems. A free software package offered through CliniSync also allows physicians and clinicians to electronically send encrypted email messages, coordinate referrals with one another, and get hospital and lab results directly to their practices.

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.
Ohio has received $44,804,517 in federal funding through two federal grants that rigidly prescribe who can receive funding and how it is to be used. The HIE grant of $14,872,199 is for The Partnership to create a technological infrastructure (CliniSync) that will allow hospitals, physicians, clinicians, laboratories and others involved in a patient’s care to communicate electronically and share patient data.

The second grant includes $29,374,318 for regional extension centers (RECs) and $558,000 for 31 critical access and rural hospitals (CAHs). These seven regional extension centers assist primary care physicians and CAHs in the adoption of electronic health records and the achievement of “meaningful use” federal requirements that, in turn, allow physicians to receive Medicare or Medicaid incentive funds for using electronic health records.

The state of Ohio contributed $8 million when The Partnership first formed to help meet the match requirements of the federal grants. The Partnership includes the Ohio State Medical Association, Ohio Osteopathic Association, Ohio Hospital Association, BioOhio and the State of Ohio. The Partnership is funded through the Office of the National Coordinator, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, grant numbers 90RC0012 and 90HT0024. More information can be found at the Ohio Health Information Partnership website at