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HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE EXPANDS IN OHIO THROUGH HEALTHBRIDGE, CLINISYNC CONNECTION
05-Jun-2013

HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ACROSS OHIO WILL NOW BE ABLE TO SHARE MEDICAL INFORMATION SECURELY USING NEW NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR ELECTRONIC EXCHANGE


 

CINCINNATI, OH; COLUMBUS, OH (June 5, 2013) – HealthBridge and the Ohio Health Information Partnership announced today the successful launch of connectivity between the two organizations through the use of Direct, an emerging national standard for securely exchanging health information among health care providers.

The announcement is just one of a series of steps aimed at building health care connectivity across Ohio that ensures that medical information follows patients wherever they go for care. Both organizations are working to connect hospitals and health care providers via electronic health information exchange (HIE) across Ohio.

"This is an exciting first step in expanding health information exchange and connectivity across the state of Ohio," said Craig Brammer, Chief Executive Officer of HealthBridge, the Health Collaborative and the Greater Cincinnati Health Council. "We're excited to be partnering with the Ohio Health Information Partnership to establish an HIE-to-HIE connection, which will further expand the information that we're able to exchange among health care providers throughout the state."

By using Direct, doctors, nurses and other providers across Ohio will be able to share a summary of a patient's medical record, medication information or send information about referrals electronically. Better information in the hands of providers at the point of care can lead to better decision making and faster, more effective treatment, more accurate diagnosis, and more positive outcomes for their patients.

"We are very pleased to partner with HealthBridge in this pioneering information exchange," said Dan Paoletti, Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio Health Information Partnership, which manages the CliniSync HIE. "Providers need to have access to the most recent and accurate information about their patients. This is critical to quality health care. By ensuring that there is a secure way to share information with other health care providers in Ohio they can have the information they need to best care for their patients."

Direct is based on a new national technology protocol fostered by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Direct is specifically designed for simple, secure communication of health information in today's health care context. It allows a provider to share a patient's health information with another provider of care easily.

Any provider with an Internet connection could utilize Direct to exchange patient information securely, electronically and instantaneously without having to establish expensive interfaces and removing the time-consuming process of printed, faxed or mailed exchange of patient information. Direct protocols are now used by electronic health record vendors, state and federal agencies. Direct is also an accepted standard for meeting federal meaningful use requirements.