DENVER (June 20, 2011) – Centura Health, Colorado’s largest health care provider, has signed an agreement to connect its electronic health record system to the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization’s (CORHIO) health information exchange network. By connecting its current electronic health record with CORHIO’s secure network, physicians and other medical care providers from across the state will be linked to important real-time health information about their patients.
- The agreement to connect with CORHIO’s network includes 12 Centura Health acute care hospitals: Avista Adventist Hospital, Louisville; St. Anthony Hospital, Lakewood; St. Anthony North Hospital, Westminster; St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, Frisco; Littleton Adventist Hospital, Littleton; Parker Adventist Hospital, Parker; Porter Adventists Hospital, Denver; OrthoColorado Hospital, Lakewood; Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs; St. Francis Medical Center, Colorado Springs; St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, Pueblo and St. Thomas More Hospital, Canon City.
- Centura Health implemented its system-wide electronic health record in 2007, and as the state’s largest health care provider, serves as a catalyst to continue investing in technology advancements that improve coordination of care in Colorado with particular emphasis placed on enhancing the electronic health record that link all Centura physicians, clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home care services.
- CORHIO’s network links hospitals, physicians and other medical care providers across the state to important real-time health information, including lab test and pathology results, x-ray, MRI and other imaging reports and physician transcription reports. Later this year, the network is scheduled to be upgraded to include patient medication lists, allergies and immunizations as well as lab and imaging orders.
HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE FACTS
- Health information exchange is a method to electronically move personal health and medical information securely between doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers when it is needed for patient care.
- Health information is protected and exchanged under medical privacy and confidentiality standard procedures.
- Secure electronic health information exchange allows patients and physicians to make sure that patient health information is available when and where it is needed.
· “As the state’s largest health care provider, we are committed to leveraging technology to improve patient care, quality and safety,” said Gary Campbell, president and CEO of Centura Health. “Connecting our electronic health record to CORHIO’s health information exchange allows us to touch more Coloradans and contribute collectively to sustaining the health of our state for generations to come.”
· “For more than a year Centura Health has actively collaborated with CORHIO and health care providers across the state to determine the most effective way to improve patient care using health information exchange technology,” said Phyllis Albritton, CORHIO Executive Director. “CORHIO greatly values the leadership that Centura Health brings to the communities they serve in Colorado. Their statewide footprint expands the number of patients and communities served by the care-improving capacity of health information exchange.”
For more information about the Centura Health network of care, visit www.centura.org.
About Centura Health
Centura Health is Colorado’s largest hospital and health care network and we are charting the course for the future of health care. Approximately 14,500 of the health care industry’s best and brightest with more than 6,000 physician partners, deliver advanced care to more than half a million people each year, across 13 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, Flight For Life® Colorado, and home care and hospice services. Our strength lies in our ability to offer a team of connected networks and shared resources to deliver accessible, reliable and cost-effective health care across the state. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit www.centura.org.
CORHIO is dedicated to improving health care quality for all Coloradans through health information exchange (HIE). As the state designated entity for HIE, CORHIO collaborates with health care stakeholders including physicians, hospitals, clinics, public health, long-term care, laboratories, health plans and patients to improve care collaboration through secure systems and processes for sharing clinical information. CO-REC, a CORHIO initiative, assists primary care providers in adopting, implementing and becoming meaningful users of electronic health record (EHR) systems. CORHIO is a not-for-profit supported in large part by grants, including awards from the Colorado Health Foundation and from federal ARRA HITECH funds. CORHIO's technical infrastructure is built on industry-leading HIE technology developed and maintained by Medicity. For more information about CORHIO, please visit www.corhio.org.