The Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC) and Sandlot Solutions today announced their exclusive partnership to provide health information exchange (HIE) technology and interoperability solutions to the MetroChicago HIE and support the Chicago area‘s 89 hospitals and thousands of physicians in providing more coordinated and cost-effective care to their patients. As of today, a launch group comprised of 34 hospitals, representing more than one third of the Chicago hospital market, is preparing to go live with the HIE platform.
The MetroChicago HIE will help enable improved clinical collaboration by providing hospitals, physicians and other care providers access to an unprecedented depth and breadth of relevant, targeted patient information at the point of care. As a result, Chicagoland patients can be confident that their participating providers have access to more accurate, comprehensive, real-time medical information for managing their care. Patients may also have fewer duplicated tests and procedures.
“Our vision is to achieve a sustainable, value-driven HIE that allows the health care community in Chicagoland to partner together for better access to health information to enhance patient outcomes. Sandlot was the clear choice in helping us to achieve this vision,” said Kevin Scanlan, President and CEO of MCHC.
Gathering this quantity of data will drive more patient-centered care, enhanced outcomes, improved efficiency and lower costs for both patients and providers in the Chicago area, and may serve as a model for other states and organizations as they seek to adopt HIE initiatives to comply with health care reform mandates.
“The MetroChicago HIE will have a significant impact on how health care is provided in the Chicago area,” said Dr. Julio Silva, Medical Director of the MetroChicago HIE and Vice President, Clinical Systems and Chief Medical Information Officer of Rush University Medical Center. “By having secure access to patient information throughout the continuum of care, health care providers can ensure that they are providing the most appropriate, quality care to their patients.”
“There has never been a greater need for medical record connectivity in the metro Chicago market, and it is critical to improving quality, reducing costs and engaging patient populations in the health care industry in the new post-reform era. HIE is critical to the advancement of the provider and payer relationships to better serve patients,” said Daniel Yunker, CEO of Land of Lincoln Mutual Health Insurance Company and Senior Vice President of MCHC.
The HIE’s technology will be provided by Sandlot Solutions, a health information technology company with experience in successfully implementing an HIE system in another large metropolitan region. Sandlot’s clear superiority in providing real-time interoperability with a diverse set of electronic health record platforms supports the goals and expectations of MCHC’s member hospitals, as well as Sandlot’s ability to drive higher quality scores, provide the data backbone for population health management and support research. Future plans for the MetroChicago HIE include expansion beyond hospitals to include long-term acute care hospitals, skilled nursing centers and other provider organizations. As adoption continues to grow, the goal of the MetroChicago HIE is to connect all of the region’s hospitals and serve the 9 million patients in the Chicago area.
“MCHC really gets it, offering a clear vision for improved patient care coupled with a decisive plan of action,” said Joe Casper, CEO of Sandlot Solutions. “They see the future of health care and are making the bold steps and smart investments necessary to support their member hospitals in improving health for individual patients and the community overall.
“We are excited to partner with such a forward-thinking network of hospitals,” added Richard Helppie, chairman of Sandlot Solutions. “Sandlot’s physician-developed IT solutions will dramatically increase the timely flow of clinical information among MCHC’s members, enabling them to deliver high quality care to their patients and improved outcomes.