Today’s EHR and HIT news includes customer acquisition news from Hyland Software, who has announced Memorial Healthcare as a user of their OnBase Enterprise Content Management solution. There is also news from the San Diego Health Connect on two new participants in their Heath Information Exchange.
Memorial Healthcare Implements Hyland Software’s OnBase Across the Enterprise
Named one of the most wired healthcare organizations by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine, Memorial Healthcare is implementing OnBase, Hyland Software’s enterprise content management (ECM) solution, to automate the electronic capture and access of information across their patient care delivery system, including acute, ambulatory and home-health services. Memorial Healthcare is integrating OnBase with its Meditech Hospital Information System across the organization to centralize patient information, streamline contract management and maximize human resources.
Memorial Healthcare evaluated Meditech’s Scanning and Archiving solution and realized that the business requirements for departments such as Human Resources and Accounts Payable required more workflow capability than what could be accommodated. The decision was made to implement OnBase because of its ability to meet both clinical and back office needs.
“We ultimately selected OnBase because it is much more capable of meeting both our clinical and back office needs,” said Frank Fear, vice president of Information Services at Memorial Healthcare. “Implementing OnBase across the enterprise will allow us to standardize our content management strategy and provide staff members with easy access to critical information stored outside of our Meditech Hospital Information System.”
Memorial Healthcare will use OnBase to manage images and other unstructured data through the Meditech integration, creating a comprehensive view of the patient record. OnBase will help Memorial Healthcare electronically capture paper documents, provide access to documents in the EMR, speed up manual processes with electronic workflows and centralize unstructured content in a single repository.
“Hyland’s integration with Meditech helps organizations achieve meaningful use and drive value across the enterprise,” said Susan deCathelineau, vice president of healthcare sales and services at Hyland Software. “Our integration with Meditech and other leading electronic medical records makes OnBase the best solution to provide the right information to the right user when and where they need it.”
Newly Named San Diego Health Connect Welcomes Scripps Health and Sharp HealthCare
San Diego Regional Health Information Exchange (SDRHIE) has a new name and two new major participants.The federally funded HIE has evolved into an independent, community-supported organization, San Diego Health Connect, which today announced that Scripps Health and Sharp HealthCare have signed agreements to participate in directing the exchange.
By connecting their electronic health record (EHR) systems through the exchange, these healthcare providers are enabling their patients to benefit from coordinated care and follow-up, leading to better care at lower costs.
“Sharing information about a patient at the point of care, with the patient’s consent, informs a physician’s decisions about testing and treatment, and it ultimately improves the quality of care,” said San Diego Health Connect Executive Director Daniel J. Chavez. “Our exchange uses nationally established protocols that adhere to the highest standards for privacy and data security.”
Scripps Health and Sharp HealthCare are the latest major healthcare organizations to sign on with San Diego Health Connect. They join participants including Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, UC San Diego Health System, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, VA San Diego Healthcare System, Family Health Centers of San Diego, and 14 community clinics coordinated through the Council of Community Clinics. The two new additions increase the potential number of patients the HIE can serve from nearly 800,000 to more than 2.1 million.
“The commitments from Scripps and Sharp to collaborate in delivering healthcare services go a long way toward demonstrating that San Diego Health Connect has advanced successfully from a federally-funded, university-based initiative to a self-sustaining, community-funded not-for-profit organization with a greater reach,” Chavez said.
San Diego Health Connect is the successor to the largest of the 17 Beacon Community projects that received a total of $250 million in three-year grants from the Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Since federal funding ended Sept. 30, the HIE has been operational with support from community healthcare organizations.
Healthcare providers that participate in San Diego Health Connect can access important health information about their patients, no matter where services have been delivered. With a patient’s permission, during a patient visit, a participating provider can use a Web portal to electronically poll other Beacon providers and instantly receive information, including previous test results, treatments, medication and allergy lists, hospital discharge summaries, and history of care. Quick, easy access to such data is critical in emergencies and helpful in other situations when a patient visits providers with multiple health systems.
“I am enthused about the long-awaited availability and growth of a secure, efficient network for exchanging patient health records across the San Diego healthcare community,” said Robin Brown Jr., chief executive of Scripps Green Hospital and president of San Diego Health Connect’s board of directors. “By participating in the San Diego HIE, we at Scripps Health will substantially increase our ability to see the full health picture for patients who visit multiple providers.”
“We look forward to collaborating with other providers to raise the quality of patient information that San Diego healthcare professionals can access, which will enable better care,” said Daniel Gross, RN, DNSc, executive vice president of hospital operations for Sharp HealthCare and a member of the San Diego Health Connect board. “The HIE allows data to be shared in common formats, overcoming interoperability challenges, and offers an aggregated view of treatment that helps providers make the best decisions when time is of the essence.”