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Columbus - The state’s vision of connecting all hospitals and physicians so they can exchange patient health records electronically across the state advanced today, with the announcement that West Central Ohio Health Information Exchange (WCOHIE) has signed a contract with the Ohio Health Information Partnership and CliniSync, Ohio’s statewide health information exchange (HIE).

The participation of WCOHIE, a regional health information partnership, will connect Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, Lima Memorial Health System, Mercer County Community Hospital, St. Rita’s Health Partners, Triumph Hospital Lima, Van Wert County Hospital, Lima Pathology Labs, Health Partners of Western Ohio, and Medlab with local physicians and other healthcare providers.

“Signing on with CliniSync reflects the great community collaboration to improve health care communication,” said WCOHIE President Dr. Herbert Schumm. “WCOHIE appreciates the opportunity to bring this to our community and to work with CliniSync as they roll this out statewide.”

WCOHIE Secretary/Treasurer Cheryl Homan said, “We’re excited to use the CliniSync technology to help build a community exchange to connect our hospitals, physicians, long-term care facilities and regional labs.”

Dan Paoletti, CEO of the Ohio Health Information Partnership and CliniSync said, “We’re so excited that WCOHIE is taking this step in transforming healthcare in our state through electronic health information exchange. Our first step will be to make sure the hospitals send out lab results to physicians, and from there, we will build the system across the state so more information can be shared.”

Ohio received a $14 million grant from the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create a statewide infrastructure. For Fred Richards, the Ohio Health Information Partnership’s chief information and chief operations officer, the contract signing sends the signal that patient care coordination in Ohio will improve.

“Transforming patient care coordination has moved from a vision to reality with a signature,” Richards said. “Physicians and hospitals that have moved from paper records to electronic health record systems can now improve the quality of diagnosis and care, can better coordinate medication use, and can reduce duplicative or unnecessary services. They will have a comprehensive picture of the patient’s healthcare history.”

In Ohio, there are healthcare providers who started sharing records electronically within the past decade and they have lead the way using technology to improve care and outcomes. However these existing systems are closed networks within a health system or in specific regions. CliniSync is the first infrastructure that will allow information to flow throughout the state, Paoletti said. The Ohio Health Information Partnership’s goal is to sign up 50 hospitals to CliniSync by the end of December.