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MERCER COUNTY AND GRAND LAKE JOINT TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY HOSPITALS GO LIVE
07-Feb-2013

WEST CENTRAL OHIO WIRED THROUGH CLINISYNC

Columbus – Both sides of the Grand Lake in West Central Ohio now have hospitals wired to electronically transmit health records and information throughout the region and state.

Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater and Grand Lake Health System’s Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys now are “live” on the statewide health information exchange – CliniSync.

They join other members of the West Central Health Information Exchange in committing to the regional and statewide sharing of electronic health records to improve patient care, including St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima and Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert. Lima Memorial Hospital also joined and is in the implementation stages.

Physicians in the area are directly receiving lab reports, test results and medical documents from the hospitals to their offices, making the sharing of information quicker and easier than traditional paper records. This is the first step in a growing process that will allow hospitals, physicians, labs and others involved in a patient’s care to exchange patient health information, no matter where they are located.

George C. Boyles, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, said, “Through the participation in the statewide HIE program, medical care providers will be able to access specific patient information to allow for enhanced and efficient patient treatment care.
“We, at Mercer Health, are excited about continuing to utilize technology to help assist with patient care. Securing innovative computer solutions, and working with physicians, other medical professionals, and nursing staff to care for the patient is essential to continued quality patient care.”

Mercer County Community Hospital is a part of the Mercer Health organization serving Mercer County and the surrounding areas. Mercer Health provides a continuum of healthcare services to the area through prevention, education, diagnostic, inpatient, home care, medical equipment, physician and other services. Additional information about Mercer Health and its services and eight locations throughout Mercer County can be found at www.mercer-health.com.

“Being part of a statewide health information exchange (HIE) is the next step in providing quality care for our patients,” said Lori Miller, Chief Information Officer of the Grand Lake Health System.

“HIE facilitates continuity of care by supporting the efforts of physicians with timely and efficient access to medical information from several facilities. HIE is a great tool to assist providers so their time can be spent focusing on the care of the patient.”

Joint Township District Memorial Hospital is the anchor of the Grand Lake Health System and is a full-service, comprehensive care hospital serving Auglaize, Mercer and surrounding counties. The Grand Lake Health System is comprised of Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, Grand Lake Home Health, Grand Lake Hospice and numerous physician practices and Centers of Excellence. Additional information can be found at grandlakehealth.org.

To date, 71 hospitals across Ohio have contracted for CliniSync’s services and 21 are live. More than 1,000 physicians also signed up to receive exchange services, with more than 500 already getting results and reports from their local hospitals. 

Eventually, CliniSync participants will be able to share information statewide so doctors will have a complete picture of a patient’s health from other providers. While some health systems in Ohio share data and information within their own facilities, CliniSync allows the sharing of information from providers outside their own health system.

Dan Paoletti, Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio Health Information Partnership, which manages CliniSync, said West Central Ohio leads the way in community-based collaboration. The region jump started CliniSync when St. Rita’s went live in December 2010.

“When we first started to implement CliniSync, West Central Ohio stepped right up to begin to fulfill a vision of interoperability and exchange that they had already envisioned,” Paoletti said. “These hospitals have worked hand-in-hand with our staff to go through a new technological process that will result in more timely and coordinated care for patients in their communities. Our thanks to Mercer County and Grand Lake for making that vision a reality for the entire region.”

A federal grant of $14.8 million from the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT to the Ohio Health Information Partnership enabled the creation of the CliniSync technological structure and initial implementation. In addition, more than 6,500 Ohio primary care physicians signed up to use electronic health records through similar grant funding last year. 

The movement toward exchanging health records is occurring in states throughout the nation.
In Ohio, physicians can receive free software that allows them to send direct, encrypted emails, to manage referrals, and to receive both transcribed reports and test results. Information being exchanged includes: registration information (admission notice, discharge notice, transfer notice), transcriptions (clinical and textual, discharge summaries, cardiology reports), and lab results (general chemistry, microbiology, pathology and blood bank.)

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Contacts include: Dottie Howe, Communications Director Ohio Health Information Partnership dhowe@ohiponline.org614-664-2605

Martin C. Dodrill Director of Planning and Marketing, Compliance Officer Grand Lake Health System mdodrill@JTDMH.org 419-394-3387 ext 3568

Mindy Kremer, Marketing Coordinator Mercer Health 419-678-5613 mkremer@mercer-health.com