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LIMA MEMORIAL GOES "LIVE" ON CLINISYNC
07-Mar-2013

HOSPITAL COLLABORATION COMPLETED FOR WEST CENTRAL OHIO

Columbus/Lima – Lima Memorial Health System just closed the loop on the hospitals in the region that now are “live” on CliniSync, Ohio’s statewide information exchange (HIE).

The West Central Ohio region is the first to be fully connected to CliniSync, including Lima Memorial Health System, Grand Lake’s Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, Mercer County Community Hospital, St. Rita’s Medical Center, Van Wert County Hospital, Path Labs and Health Partners of Western Ohio under the umbrella of the West Central Ohio HIE.

“We are very excited to be part of this health information exchange initiative,” said Cheryl Homan, Administrative Director for Information Systems at Lima Memorial Health System. “This connection provides LMHS with the ability to electronically share patient information gathered at LMHS with other health care providers in the region that are treating our patients, making information readily available at the time it is needed. Connecting to Clinisync, positions LMHS to participate in current and future state and federal healthcare initiatives that support quality care, patient safety and reduced costs.”

CEO of the Ohio Health Information Partnership Dan Paoletti said, ‘We’re excited to see the entire region up on the CliniSync network. The technology will improve coordination of care among providers caring for patients. They will truly benefit from the electronic exchange of information among providers, making communications more efficient and complete.”

Half a million transactions have passed through CliniSync since St. Rita’s went live in December 2011, the first hospital in the state to begin sending out results and reports to physicians. In the region, 32 physician practices and 141 individual physicians now are receiving results from hospitals using CliniSync software provided at no charge to them. Statewide, 85 hospitals have committed to CliniSync with 21 now live.

Clinical information being exchanged by hospitals and physicians’ offices include general laboratory results, pathology results, microbiology results, blood blank, radiology and other transcribed reports. These results move quickly and in real time to participating physicians, just as soon as the hospital releases them.

The West Central Ohio HIE will likely be the first region in the state to begin the second phase of CliniSync, which will enable authorized, treating physicians to access health information from other CliniSync participants with patient consent. This sharing of information will allow physicians to be informed of other tests and procedures already conducted.

Lima Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization servicing a 10-county area of west central Ohio and includes more than 1,500 employees and 25 facilities. Founded in 1899 as Lima City Hospital, LMHS offers heart and vascular, cancer, women’s health, children’s and home health services, in addition to an extended network of primary care, pediatric and specialist physicians in the Lima Memorial Physician Corporation. LMHS, an affiliate of Promedica, is the third largest employer in Lima and expands its community of care by supporting health education and other community-minded initiatives throughout the region.

Contacts:

Dottie Howe Director of Communications Ohio Health Information Partnership (CliniSync) 614-664-2605 dhowe@ohiponline.org

Andrea Lybarger Marketing & Public Relations Manager Office: 419-226-5093 Mobile: 419-204-1896 alybarger@limamemorial.org

About the Ohio Health Information Partnership The Ohio Health Information Partnership (The Partnership) is a stakeholder-driven nonprofit 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 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’s founders include 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 www.clinisync.org