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University Hospitals Joins Statewide Health Information Exchange

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cleveland Hospital System Commits to CliniSync

Columbus/Cleveland – Physicians, specialists, hospitals and clinics in the Cleveland medical community and beyond will soon be able to share patient health records with one another after University Hospitals’ recent contract with Ohio’s statewide health information exchange – CliniSync.

The nationally recognized health system in Northeast Ohio will be able to exchange medical information with physicians so that when a doctor treats a patient at one facility, those medical records can be shared electronically with other physicians who join CliniSync.

“We are pleased to join ClinicSync in order to enable our physicians to quickly and securely share clinical information about patients they have in common with health care providers outside of our system,” said John Foley, Chief Information Officer of University Hospitals.

“In Ohio, physicians and hospitals historically have not been able to share electronic patient data with one another to coordinate care for patients who have been treated in disparate healthcare settings. This is particularly problematic when patients have multiple chronic conditions,” Foley said. “Online access to patient data across multiple care settings over time will enable effective coordination that increases quality, efficiency and access of care.”

Dan Paoletti, Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio Health Information Partnership that manages CliniSync, said, “We see University Hospitals as a major catalyst for comprehensive, community sharing of health records in Cleveland and northeastern Ohio. The providers and patients in this area will directly benefit from this electronic communications.”

To date 71 hospitals and more than 1,000 physicians have contracted with CliniSync, with 21 hospitals now “live” and approximately 500 physicians receiving test results and reports directly from their local hospitals. A federal grant of $14.8 million from the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT 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.

“We believe better electronic communication among all professionals within the medical community will assist physicians and clinicians to care for patients and coordinate care. It’s simply faster and easier than telephone calls, faxes and dictated letters, resulting in more accurate and complete transmission of information and data than with paper records,” Paoletti said.

The 10 major hospitals in the University Hospitals (UH) system include: UH Case Medical Center, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, UH Seidman Cancer Center, UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital on the main campus and UH Ahuja Medical Center, UH Bedford Medical Center, UH Conneaut Medical Center, UH Geauga Medical Center, UH Geneva Medical Center, UH Richmond Medical Center in the community.

University Hospitals Medical Group, Inc., and University Primary Care Practices, Inc., also will become active on the exchange, encompassing 100 practices. Once the hospitals go “live,” independent physicians outside of the system also will be able to receive and exchange data when they join CliniSync.

Physicians in Northeast Ohio can receive free software that allows them to send direct, encrypted emails, to manage referrals, and to receive both transcribed reports and test results, including: 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.)

More than 24,000 physicians and employees constitute University Hospitals and its partnership hospitals. The system averages 64,000 inpatient discharges, performs more than 5.4 million outpatient procedures each year, and has 1,750 registered beds. Year after year, the system continues to receive national accolades and awards as a top performer.

For more information about the CliniSync HIE, go to CliniSync FAQs.

For success stories on video about electronic health records and CliniSync, go to our Resources section.

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